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Determinants of target capital structure: evidence on South East Asia countries

Mat Nor, Fauzias and Haron, Razali and Ibrahim, Khairunisah and Ibrahim , Izani and Alias, Norazlan (2011) Determinants of target capital structure: evidence on South East Asia countries. Journal of Business and Policy Research, 6 (3). pp. 39-61. ISSN 1449-387x

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The purpose of this study is to identify the existence of target capital structure and to examine the determinants of target capital structure for selected countries in the South East Asia region using the dynamic framework. We analyse the impact of country specific determinants along with firm specific determinants on the corporate structure decisions within the firms in the countries understudy. We find that the importance of firm specific determinants varies across countries for firms in the selected countries in the region. The introduction of country specific variables such as the level of stock market development, bond market development, economic growth, interest rates and country governance support and enhance these findings. The importance of country determinants also varies across countries understudy despite sharing some similarities. Our findings contribute to the existing literature by documenting strong evidence that firms in the selected countries do pursue target capital structure. Simultaneously, we also witness cases of inconsistencies regarding the impact of factors on capital structure in the countries understudy. To wrap up, we conclude that the capital structure decision is not only the product of the firm’s own characteristics but also the result of institutional environment and corporate governance in which the firm operates.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4581/10181
Uncontrolled Keywords: Determinants,target capital structure, South East Asia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG4001 Financial management. Business finance. Corporation finance.
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Finance
Depositing User: Dr. Razali Haron
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 16:51
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2011 23:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/10181

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