A New Test of Capital Structure

45 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2004

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Colin Mayer

University of Oxford - Said Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Oren Sussman

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: February 2004

Abstract

This Paper reports a new test of capital structure theories. It uses a filtering technique to identify large investment spikes. We find that the spikes are predominantly financed with debt by large firms and by new equity by small loss-making firms. In the process, firms move significantly away from their previous capital structures but then revert back to them by making frequent issues of small amounts of equity. Neither the pecking order nor the trade-off theories on their own provide satisfactory descriptions of these dynamic features of corporate financing.

Keywords: Capital structure, corporate finance, pecking order, trade-off theory

JEL Classification: G32

Suggested Citation

Mayer, Colin and Sussman, Oren, A New Test of Capital Structure (February 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=509022

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Oren Sussman

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