Corporate debt maturity choice in emerging financial markets

Andreas Stephan, Oleksandr Talavera, Andriy Tsapin

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This paper investigates the determinants of liability maturity choice in emerging markets using a unique panel of 4500 Ukrainian firms during the period 2000–2006. Our estimates confirm the importance of agency costs, liquidity, signaling, and taxes for the liability term structure of firms operating in a transition economy. Firm creditworthiness and access to long-term financing at bond markets are the key drivers of corporate debt structure. This study provides strong evidence that constrained and unconstrained companies react differently on liquidity risk and, hence, pursue different debt maturity strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-151
JournalThe Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Issue number2
Early online date25 Dec 2010
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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