عوامل تعیین کننده ساختار سرمایه ی شرکت، کشور و اقتصاد کلان : مدارک و شواهد از اقتصادهای در حال گذار
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|5964||2013||15 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||11110 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Comparative Economics, Volume 41, Issue 1, February 2013, Pages 294–308
This study explores the significance of firm-specific, institutional, and macroeconomic factors in explaining variation in leverage using a sample of firms from nine Eastern European countries. Country-specific factors are the main determinants of variation in leverage for small unlisted companies, while firm-specific factors explain most of the variation in leverage for listed and large unlisted companies. Around half of the variation in leverage related to country factors is explained by known macroeconomic and institutional factors, while the remainder is explained by unmeasurable institutional differences.
Firm capital structure is irrelevant in efficient financial markets as shown by Modigliani and Miller (1958).1 Subsequent theoretical work has taken into account the imperfections of financial markets and has shown that firm capital structure emerges from firm-specific and macroeconomic factors.2 In their pioneering exploration of capital structure around the world Rajan and Zingales (1995) observe similar levels of leverage for firms from G-7 countries. They conclude that it is difficult to explain the leverage differences by country institutional differences and stress that “a better understanding of the influence of institutions can provide us enough inter-country variation so as to enable us to identify the fundamental determinants of capital structure”. In this paper we pursue this agenda by first documenting that country of incorporation in itself accounts for much of the variation in leverage unexplained by firm-specific or macroeconomic factors. We use a large sample of firms from several Eastern European countries covering the time period encompassing the transition from socialist planning to a market-based capitalistic system. We then identify institutional variables which in turn account for some of this country effect. Finally, by examining capital structure early and late in the transition process we see to what extent institutional factors account for changes in capital structure. The importance of the country of incorporation for firm leverage has been analysed in several earlier cross-country studies. Booth et al. (2001) show on a sample of firms from ten developing countries that country fixed effects explain a large share of leverage variation, but they do not decompose the country effects to show what country characteristics matter. On a sample of firms from developing Asian and South American countries, Schmukler and Vesperoni (2001) explore the relation between leverage and financial liberalization. Using data on Western European firms Giannetti (2003) shows that financial development and creditor protection are significant determinants of leverage. Jõeveer (2005), also using Western European firm data, shows that half of the country explanatory power is determined by measurable country macroeconomic and institutional factors while another half is explained by an unmeasurable institutional differences. De Jong et al. (2008) argue by using firms from both developing and developed countries that country factors matter to the firm capital structure and the effect can be either direct or indirect through the firm-specific determinants. Based on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)3 from four Western European countries Psillaki and Daskalakis (2009) acknowledge the different relations between capital structure determinants and leverage across countries but they conclude that firm factors rather than country factors explain the differences in capital structure choices among the firms. In addition Bancel and Mittoo (2004) surveyed the managers from 16 European countries firms and found support for the importance of institutional factors on capital structure choices. In this paper we employ firm-level data from nine Eastern European countries over the period 1995–2002. With the collapse of the Soviet block in the late 1980’s the firms in those countries had to readjust their working principles for being competitive in the open market. Also it brought along a wave of newborn enterprises. Those countries were going through severe economic reforms during 1990’s producing a change in the institutional settings as well as a change in macroeconomic indicators. Berglof and Bolton (2002) record that the methods and speed with which the missing institutions were introduced differed across countries, providing additional time-variation in country factors. All these major changes were expected to have an impact on the capital structure of the firm and make firms from Eastern Europe particularly interesting to study for understanding the institutional underpinnings of firm capital structure. The importance of studying the capital structure of firms in transition economies was first pointed out by Cornelli et al. (1998). In addition there are several cross-country studies based on Eastern European firms (Nivorozhkin, 2005, De Haas and Peeters, 2006 and Decoure, 2007). The current study complements these existing studies in using a larger, more complete data set and by investigating in detail a variety of institutional characteristics that may account for country of incorporation effects. We start with an analysis of variance which is helpful in documenting the importance of country effects as opposed to industry and time effects in understanding capital structure differences in transition countries. Next we incorporate firm-specific factors into the analysis and observe that country effects continue to be highly significant. We then ask whether there are observable proxies that account for these country-based institutional differences and find that some but not all of the country effect can be explained in this way. Finally, we study the evolution of capital structure during the transition process and ask whether institutional factors account for observed changes in leverage. The paper is organized as follows: In the next section we provide an overview of the related research. In Section 3 we introduce the data and the estimation strategy. Section 4 contains the results, followed by a concluding section.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper we study the importance of firm-specific, country institutional, and macroeconomic factors for determining the capital structure of firms. The analysis is based on firm-level data from nine Eastern European countries in 1995–2002. We use two measures of leverage in this paper. We find that the largest share of listed firms’ leverage variation (irrespective of leverage measure or size category) is explained by industry factors. For unlisted firms, in contrast, the results are not robust to the leverage measure used. For broad leverage the firm-specific factors explain the most while for narrow leverage the country-specific factors dominate. Further, the unmeasurable country institutional differences explain as much as 25% of unlisted firms broad leverage variation. The results across size classes show that for smaller unlisted firms, country factors are the most significant explanatory factors for both leverage measures. Smaller firms seem to be more constrained by the financial market in their country of incorporation. The regression analysis of leverage finds some surprising coefficients for some firm-specific variables in some specifications (negative signs on tangibility and firm size). More importantly we find that country characteristics are significant determinants of leverage and that especially for unlisted firms. Based on our results a policy maker may derive some policy implications. For example if the policy maker prefers lower firm leverage (because the higher leveraged firms are more likely to face financial distress) she could support the decrease in the banking market concentration or try cutting the corporate tax rates. Also improving the shareholder rights may lead to the lower firm leverage. The findings of this study stress the importance of country institutional variables on the capital structure of firms.