Role of Debt Maturity Structureon Firm Fixed Assets During Sudden Stop Episodes : Evidence From Thailand

Author/Editor:

Akiko Terada-Hagiwara ; Hanan Morsy ; Maria Pia Iannariello

Publication Date:

January 1, 2007

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Summary:

This paper studies the detrimental effect of sudden stops on the growth of Thai firms' fixed assets. We focus on the fixed assets adjustment that firms undertake at times of financial constraints. We derive our results from balance sheet data for 284 nonfinancial Thai listed firms. Our data demonstrate that Thai firms faced severe declines in the growth of their fixed assets starting in 1996. Regression results demonstrate, after controlling for firms' characteristics and lagged dependent variables, that holding longer-term debt maturity structure is the factor that works in the firms' favor during sudden stop episodes, while it is their profitability that matters during tranquil periods.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/11

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451865752/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007011

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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