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Author: Palacín Sánchez, María José
Di Pietro, Filippo
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Economía Financiera y Dirección de Operaciones
Date: 2013
Published in: ERSA Congress. Regional Integration: Europe, the Mediterranean and the World Economy (53.2013.Palermo)
Document type: Presentation
Abstract: This paper analyses the role that institutional factors play in explaining differences in the capital structure of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across regions belonging to a single country. Specifically, it studies the effect of the development of the financial sector and of the economic situation on leverage of firms. Furthermore, the standard firm-factor determinants of debt, such as firm size, asset structure, profitability, growth, business risk and age are also incorporated. For this empirical study, we use a sample of 638 SMEs representing every Spanish region for the period 1999-2007, and apply the panel data methodology. Our results suggest that the capital structure depends on the regional financial sector and the regional economic situation which implies that institutional factors at regional level help to better explain financing decisions of SMEs.
Cite: Palacín Sánchez, M.J. y Di Pietro, F. (2013). Are regional institutional factors determinants of the capital structure of SMEs?. En ERSA Congress. Regional Integration: Europe, the Mediterranean and the World Economy (53.2013.Palermo)
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/80385

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