Do Liquidation Values Affect Financial Contracts? Evidence from Commercial Loan Contracts and Zoning Regulation
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Tobias J. Moskowitz
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; AQR Capital; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Mark J. Garmaise
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management
NBER Working Paper No. w11004
We examine the impact of asset liquidation value on debt contracting using a unique set of commercial property non-recourse loan contracts. We employ commercial zoning regulation to capture the flexibility of a property's permitted uses as a measure of an asset's redeployability or value in its next best use. Within a census tract, more redeployable assets receive larger loans with longer maturities and durations, lower interest rates, and fewer creditors, controlling for the current value of the property, its type, and neighborhood. These results are consistent with incomplete contracting and transaction cost theories of liquidation value and financial structure.
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Date posted: January 20, 2005
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