Short-Term Debt Catering
37 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2021
Date Written: December 2, 2020
Focusing on investments by US money market mutual funds (MMFs) in nonfinancial commercial paper, this study shows that the demand for corporate short-term securities by preferred-habitat investors is positively associated with the use of short-term debt by firms. Consistent results are found when using a longitudinal dataset with a monthly frequency and a firm-quarter panel dataset; instrumenting the demand by MMFs; measuring the demand by MMFs at the level of individual issuers; and exploiting an exogenous change in regulation for identification. These findings support the idea that corporations cater to investors' preferences in choosing their debt maturity structure.
Keywords: Debt Maturity, Catering to Investors, Clientele Effects, Money Market Mutual Funds, Commercial Paper
JEL Classification: G23, G30, G32
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