Corporate Finance in Europe: Confronting Theory with Practice

32 Pages Posted: 25 Dec 2004

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Dirk Brounen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Financial Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Tinbergen Institute

Abe de Jong

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Kees C. G. Koedijk

Tilburg University - Department of Finance

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Abstract

We present the results of an international survey of 313 European CFOs on capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, and corporate governance. We find that although large firms often use present value techniques and the capital asset pricing model to assess the feasibility of an investment opportunity, CFOs of small firms still rely on the payback criterion. In capital structure policy, financial flexibility appears to be the most important factor in determining the amount of corporate debt. Corporate finance practice appears to be influenced mostly by firm size, to a lesser extent by shareholder orientation, and least by national influences.

Suggested Citation

Brounen, Dirk and de Jong, Abe and Koedijk, Kees G., Corporate Finance in Europe: Confronting Theory with Practice. Financial Management, Vol. 33, No. 4, Winter 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=635041

Dirk Brounen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Financial Management ( email )

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Abe De Jong

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University ( email )

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Kees G. Koedijk (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
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