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Title: The impact of new equity financing on firms' investment, dividend and debt-financing decisions
Author(s): Yang, Chau-Chen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Lee, Cheng F.
Department / Program: Finance
Discipline: Finance
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Economics, Finance
Abstract: Investment, dividend and external financing decisions are the major decisions of a firm. External financing includes the flotation of new common shares and/or new debt. Previous studies on the interrelationships among these three decisions precluded new equity financing in their models. Thus, their models were misspecified. This thesis explicitly incorporates new equity financing into the model by using a two-stage switching regression model to analyze the interactions among investment, dividend and debt financing decisions given the impact of new equity financing. Unlike the previous studies using American data, this study does not reject MM's independence theorem on the relation between the investment and dividend decisions of the firm. However, there is strong evidence that capital structure does affect the investment decision of the firm. Furthermore, this thesis provides evidence to reject John and Williams' (1985) dividend signalling theory. A pecking order theory by Donaldson (1961) and Myers (1984) is supported during the recession 1978 to 1982, but rejected during the prosperity period 1983 to 1987. There is also strong evidence of dividend smoothing for firms.
Issue Date: 1989
Type: Text
Language: English
Rights Information: Copyright 1989 Yang, Chau-Chen
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9011080
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9011080

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