On the Relevance of Ownership Structure in Determining the Maturity of Debt

42 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2008

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Maria‐Teresa Marchica

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

I investigate whether ownership by blockholders is an important determinant of corporate debt maturity. Using GMM methodology to control for the endogeneity of all regressors, I document an economically significant negative link between short term debt and ownership by blockholders. This suggests that, in trading off costs and benefits of short term debt, less diversified shareholders are more concerned about liquidity risk than underinvestment costs. Additionally, I report strong evidence that the link with insider ownership is non-linear. Finally, I find a negative relation between short term debt and board structure which indicates that these are alternative agency control mechanisms.

Keywords: debt maturity, ownership structure, corporate governance, endogeneity, GMM

JEL Classification: G32, G34

Suggested Citation

Marchica, Maria‐Teresa, On the Relevance of Ownership Structure in Determining the Maturity of Debt (January 2008). EFA 2007 Ljubljana Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1101103 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1101103

Maria‐Teresa Marchica (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School ( email )

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Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

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