UNOBSERVABLE EFFECTS AND SPEED OF ADJUSTMENT TO TARGET CAPITAL STRUCTURE
The paper investigates whether unobservable firm-specific effects such as managerial ability is a major component of the target capital structure. We apply the system generalized method of moments that accounts for unobservable firm-specific effects. Our results reveal that unobservable firm-specific effects such as managerial ability are a major component that explains most of the cross-sectional variation in firms’ capital structure in Malaysia.
Keywords: Capital Structure; Unobservable Effects; System GMM; Malaysia.
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