Debt and taxes for private firms

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  • Jan Bartholdy
  • Cèsario Mateus, Greenwich University London, United Kingdom
This paper tests for "pecking order" financing of small and medium size firms. The main sources and "pecking order" of financing for SMEs are equity (internally generated cash), trade credit paid on time, credit provided by institutions such as banks and leasing companies, other sources of debt and delayed payment on trade credit. The "pecking order" of financing is driven by the costs of asymmetric information (cost of gathering and analysing information) and financial distress costs. Empirical tests do not confirm that SMEs follow a pecking order.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
Volume19
Issue5
ISSN1057-5219
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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