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The Determinants of Capital Structure: Some Evidence from Banks

Florian Heider () and Reint Gropp ()

No 08-015, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: This paper documents that standard cross-sectional determinants of firm leverage also apply to the capital structure of large banks in the United States and Europe. We find a remarkable consistency in sign, significance and economic magnitude. Like non-financial firms, banks appear to have stable capital structures at levels that are specific to each individual bank. The results suggest that capital requirements may only be of second-order importance for banks? capital structures and confirm the robustness of current corporate finance findings in a holdout sample of banks.

Keywords: capital structure; corporate finance; leverage; bank capital; banking regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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