Department/School

Accounting; Finance

Date of this version

2016

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Firm Investment, Capital Structure, Information Asymmetry

Abstract

Though it is generally accepted that information asymmetry has an impact on capital structure policy, the nature of the information asymmetry is not well understood. Recent theoretical work and empirical evidence suggests that financing choice depends upon the information asymmetry associated with the investment risk of the particular use of proceeds. Consistent with this view, using the sources and uses of funds framework, we find that equity is used to fund projects with greater information asymmetry about their risk such as research and development expenditure, while debt is used to fund investments with lower information asymmetry about their risk such as liquidity enhancement.

Published in

Journal of Business Finance and Accounting

Citation/Other Information

16(2), 243-264

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License
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