Market Timing and Capital Structure

  title={Market Timing and Capital Structure},
  author={M. Baker and Jeffrey Wurgler},
  journal={Journal of Finance},
  • M. Baker, Jeffrey Wurgler
  • Published 2002
  • Economics
  • Journal of Finance
  • It is well known that firms are more likely to issue equity when their market values are high, relative to book and past market values, and to repurchase equity when their market values are low. We document that the resulting effects on capital structure are very persistent. As a consequence, current capital structure is strongly related to historical market values. The results suggest the theory that capital structure is the cumulative outcome of past attempts to time the equity market. IN… CONTINUE READING
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