Labour Market Conditions and the Corporate Financing Decision: A European Analysis
Research in International Business and Finance, Forthcoming
38 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 16, 2021
This study examines the influence of labour market conditions on corporate capital structure in a sample of 2,892 firms from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. After considering the effect of unemployment and inflation, we analyse the impact of two market imperfections: employees’ rights and downward wage rigidity. Results indicate that financial leverage responds to changes in unemployment and inflation. We also find that the influence of employees’ rights is non-linear, whereas the negative effect of downward wage rigidity is moderated by firms’ market power. Taken together, our results show that corporate financial decisions are conditioned not only by firm-level issues but also by a country’s labour market.
Keywords: capital structure, unemployment, inflation, labour market; employees’ rights, wage rigidity
JEL Classification: G30, G32, D22, C23
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