Debt Maturity and Financial Integration
39 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2012 Last revised: 27 Feb 2014
Date Written: September 6, 2013
This study applies the panel convergence methodology developed by Philips and Sul (2007) on the debt maturity ratios of a set of firms in developed economies, to explore the effects of credit market integration on debt maturity choices. In contrast to prior studies, our methodology allows for a formal quantification of the integration process. Therefore, we are able to track the evolution of integration over time and identify the conditions under which it is stronger. Firms that are able to integrate with international credit markets face a lower degree of informational asymmetries and have higher collateral value. Furthermore, as firms integrate with international credit markets, they extend their debt maturity. This evidence provides support to the argument that financial integration has a positive impact on firms, by facilitating access to long-term capital. On the contrary, firms not affected by credit market integration, experience a decrease in their debt maturity, as integration continues.
Keywords: Financial integration, Financial development, Debt structure, Leverage, Convergence
JEL Classification: F30, F36, G15, G32
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