Leverage and Corporate Performance: Does Institutional Environment Matter?

Leverage and Corporate Performance: Does Institutional Environment Matter? This paper aims to provide new empirical evidence on a major corporate governance issue: the relationship between leverage and corporate performance. We propose two major findings to this literature by applying frontier efficiency techniques to measure performance of medium-sized firms from seven European countries. A maximum likelihood procedure is used to estimate a stochastic cost frontier and the parameters of an equation relating cost inefficiency to leverage simultaneously. We find that the relationship between leverage and corporate performance varies across countries, which tends to support the influence of institutional factors on this link. We then suggest the influence of the efficiency of the legal system and in a lesser degree of the access to bank credit on the relationship between leverage and corporate performance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Business Economics Springer Journals

Leverage and Corporate Performance: Does Institutional Environment Matter?

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Business and Management; Management; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
ISSN
0921-898X
eISSN
1573-0913
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11187-006-9045-7
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Abstract

This paper aims to provide new empirical evidence on a major corporate governance issue: the relationship between leverage and corporate performance. We propose two major findings to this literature by applying frontier efficiency techniques to measure performance of medium-sized firms from seven European countries. A maximum likelihood procedure is used to estimate a stochastic cost frontier and the parameters of an equation relating cost inefficiency to leverage simultaneously. We find that the relationship between leverage and corporate performance varies across countries, which tends to support the influence of institutional factors on this link. We then suggest the influence of the efficiency of the legal system and in a lesser degree of the access to bank credit on the relationship between leverage and corporate performance.

Journal

Small Business EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 17, 2007

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