Industry Structure and Corporate Debt Maturity
The Financial Review, Forthcoming
46 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2010
Date Written: March 3, 2010
We examine how industry competition affects firms’ choice of short-term debt. We find that the percentage of short-term debt is positively related to industry concentration at low levels of concentration, and inversely related to industry concentration at higher levels of concentration. This non-linear relation is stronger in industries where firms are either more homogeneous or compete more aggressively. Moreover, we find that firms with shorter-maturity debt are less aggressive than their rivals in the product market. The overall evidence suggests that although financial contracts alleviate agency problems, they exacerbate the risk of predation.
Keywords: Industry Structure, Product Market Competition, Debt Maturity
JEL Classification: G32, L10
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