How Does Economic Policy Uncertainty Affect Corporate Debt Maturity?
64 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2019 Last revised: 28 Jan 2022
Date Written: September 15, 2019
This paper investigates whether and how economic policy uncertainty affects corporate debt maturity. Using a large firm-level dataset for four European countries, we find that an increase in economic policy uncertainty is significantly associated with a shortened debt maturity. Moreover, the impacts are stronger for innovation-intensive firms. We use firms' flexibility in changing debt maturity and the deviation to leverage target to gauge the causal relationship, and identify the reduced investment and steepened term structure as the transmission mechanisms.
Keywords: Economic Policy Uncertainty, Debt Maturity, Capital Structure, Corporate Investment
JEL Classification: D81, G32
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