Corporate governance, credit ratings and the capital structure of Greek SME and large listed firms

Corporate governance, credit ratings and the capital structure of Greek SME and large listed firms The aim of this study was to elucidate the relationship between corporate governance, credit ratings and the capital structure of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and large Greek listed firms for the period spanning from 2005 to 2010. Panel regression analysis demonstrates that corporate governance structures and credit ratings play a significant role in the capital structure of Greek listed firms, especially during the crisis period (2008–2010). Moreover, firm-specific determinants such as size, profitability, asset structure and growth opportunities are also significant determinants of leverage. Finally, we detect that the influence of corporate governance variables on the capital structure of SMEs is less evident compared with large firms. We attribute this to the active involvement of owners in the management of SMEs, which reduces the need for shareholders to bear the costs of monitoring agents. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Business Economics Springer Journals

Corporate governance, credit ratings and the capital structure of Greek SME and large listed firms

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Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Economics / Management Science; Management/Business for Professionals; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
ISSN
0921-898X
eISSN
1573-0913
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11187-015-9648-y
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to elucidate the relationship between corporate governance, credit ratings and the capital structure of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and large Greek listed firms for the period spanning from 2005 to 2010. Panel regression analysis demonstrates that corporate governance structures and credit ratings play a significant role in the capital structure of Greek listed firms, especially during the crisis period (2008–2010). Moreover, firm-specific determinants such as size, profitability, asset structure and growth opportunities are also significant determinants of leverage. Finally, we detect that the influence of corporate governance variables on the capital structure of SMEs is less evident compared with large firms. We attribute this to the active involvement of owners in the management of SMEs, which reduces the need for shareholders to bear the costs of monitoring agents.

Journal

Small Business EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 15, 2015

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