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Firm size as determinant of the nonlinear relationship between bank debt and growth opportunities: The case of Chilean public firms

ISI: Firm size as determinant of the nonlinear relationship between bank debt and growth opportunities: The case of Chilean public firms

MAURICIO JARA B., MARTA MORENO., PAOLO SAONA H.

2014 - Emerging Markets Finance and Trade - Vol. 50, Supplement 1, Pp. 265-293

Abstract

We analyze the extent to which firm size determines the relationship between growth opportunities and bank debt in the Chilean corporate sector. Using generalized method of moments (GMM) system estimator techniques in an unbalanced panel data of quoted firms, we provide evidence of a U-shaped relationship between growth opportunities and bank debt, which has a different behavior depending on the firm's size. Smaller firms seek private debt sooner than larger firms do when growth opportunities increase. This finding is supported by the institutional characteristics of the Chilean financial system, the higher confidence of small firms in bank debt, and the bank-based orientation of the Chilean financial markets.

Keywords

Bank debt, Chilean public firms, Firm size, Growth opportunities.

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