Capital structure revisited. Do crisis and competition matter in a Keiretsu corporate structure?

Date

2020-07-09

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1099-1158

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Publisher

Wiley

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

We investigate firm-level determinants of capital structure using a large sample of 4,284 Japanese firms over a nineteen-year period (i.e., over 61,000 firm-year observations), a hitherto less examined sample for this purpose. We conduct our analysis and interpret our findings predominantly within the pecking order, the trade-off and the agency theoretical frameworks. We uncover three new findings. First, our evidence indicates that insights derived from the extant literature on capital structure are cross-national and are applicable in the context of Japan, despite the unique characteristics of Japanese firms. Second, financial crisis significantly impacts the relationship between leverage and firm-level determinants, particularly accentuating the effect of asset tangibility and growth. Third, product market competition significantly impacts the observed relationship between firm-level determinants and leverage. Our results are robust, controlling for the joint effects of competition and crisis.

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Keywords

Capital structure, Agency theory, Competition, Financial crisis, Keiretsu, Japan

Citation

Danso, A., Fosu, S., Owusu-Agyei, S., Ntim, C.G. and Adegbite, E. (2020) Capital structure revisited. Do crisis and competition matter in a Keiretsu corporate structure? International Journal of Finance and Economics,

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Finance and Banking Research Group (FiBRe)