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Capital Structure Adjustments and Asymmetric Information

Alexandre Ripamonti

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Abstract: The findings of this paper suggest another reason for capital structure adjustments besides the Trade-Off and Pecking Order theories propositions because asymmetric information impacts capital structure changes and deviations o nly for a quarter whilst stationarity impacts them for 4 quarters, even when controlled. Asymmetric information has been measured by Corwin-Schultz bid ask spread estimator and capital structure target as the mean of debt to equity ratio of 262 Nyse non-financial and non-regulated companies and their industries during 91 quarters. The data were analyzed with Johansen-Fisher panel cointegration. The capital structure deviations last from 2 to 4 quarters and move toward a target.

Keywords: capital structure adjustments; Corwin-Schultz bid ask spread estimator; asymmetric information; Johansen-Fisher panel cointegration; dynamic trade-off theory; market microstructure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 D82 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-11-05
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Published in International Journal of Economics and Finance 11.12(2019): pp. 1-14

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