Do Markets Anticipate Capital Structure Decisions? Feedback Effects in Equity Liquidity

54 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2013

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Christian Andres

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

Timur Karabiber

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Denis Schweizer

Concordia University

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Date Written: April 18, 2013

Abstract

We analyze the impact of expected (targeted) capital structure decisions on information asymmetries. We measure information asymmetry from equity liquidity through the use of an information asymmetry index that is based on six measures that capture trading activity, trading costs, and the price impact of order flow. Modeling the joint determination of leverage and liquidity, the data indicate that expected increases in leverage (target leverage changes) decrease the information asymmetry index. This is consistent with the signalling hypothesis of Ross (1977), and is equivalent to increases in equity liquidity.

Keywords: Capital Structure, Liquidity, Information Asymmetry, Signalling

JEL Classification: G14, G19, G32

Suggested Citation

Andres, Christian and Cumming, Douglas J. and Karabiber, Timur and Schweizer, Denis, Do Markets Anticipate Capital Structure Decisions? Feedback Effects in Equity Liquidity (April 18, 2013). Journal of Corporate Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2253290

Christian Andres

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

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Douglas J. Cumming

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Timur Karabiber

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

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Germany

Denis Schweizer (Contact Author)

Concordia University ( email )

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