Evolution of capital structure in East Asia - corporate inertia of endeavours?

Nigel Driffield, Sarmistha Pal

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The paper examines the capital structure adjustment dynamics of listed non-financial corporations in seven east Asian countries before, during and after the crisis of 1997–1998. Our methodology allows for speeds of adjustment to vary, not only among firms, but also over time, distinguishing between cases of sudden and smooth adjustment.Whereas, compared with firms in the least affected countries, average leverages were much higher, generalized method-ofmoments analysis of the Worldscope panel data suggests that average speeds of adjustment were lower in the worst affected countries. This holds also for the severely financially distressed firms in some worst affected countries, though the trend reversed in the post-crisis period. These findings have important implications for the regulatory environment as well as access to market finance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society)
Issue number1
Early online date20 Jul 2009
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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  • capital structure dynamics
  • financially distressed firms
  • firm-time-specific
  • adjustment speeds
  • generalized methods of moments
  • leverages
  • partial adjustment models
  • smooth and sudden adjustment


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