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Shocks to the cost of borrowing and capital structure

Vicente Cuñat () and Claudio Gonzalez-Iturriaga

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

Abstract: We use the imposition of a non remunerated reserve on short term borrowing in Chile in 1991 as a cuasi natural experiment to test the effects of an increase in the cost of short term borrowing on capital structure and investment. The differential impact of this regulatory measure across firms allows us to perform a difference in differences analysis. We find a drastic drop in short term borrowing of regulated firms that was almost completely offset by additional long term borrowing. The nature of the experiment allows us to isolate a clear causality from changes in the cost of funds to capital structure, solving some of the endogeneity problems present in preexisting literature.

JEL-codes: F3 G3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2005-07-14
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