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The impact of banking concentration on firm leverage in emerging markets


Farzin, Abadi and A. N., Bany Ariffin and Kokoszczynski, Ryszard and W. N., W. Azman Saini (2016) The impact of banking concentration on firm leverage in emerging markets. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 11 (4). pp. 550-568. ISSN 1746-8809


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of banking concentration on firm leverage in 21 major emerging countries from different geographical regions, controlling for firm determinant and macroeconomic determinant of firm leverage. Design/methodology/approach This study is based on a relatively large sample of 5,779 enterprises with total 48,280 numbers of observations over the period from 2006 to 2013 and the regression model is performed by applying two-step system general method of moment estimator methodology. Findings This study finds a positive and significant relationship between banking concentration and firm leverage. Therefore, the overall results follow the information-based theory which indicates lower firms financing obstacles as banks are more concentrated. Research limitations/implications Bank-level data of all the countries to measure banking concentration is until 2013, which restrict the empirical analysis until 2013. Also, the study conducts the analysis. Practical implications The study enables policymakers, society, and academics to have better understanding on the beneficial effects of alternative banking market structure on firms’access to credit and therefore, in determining the level of firm leverage in emerging countries. Originality/value The study represents one of the limited available empirical researches to examine the beneficial effect of alternative banking market structures of firm leverage in emerging countries.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJoEM-02-2015-0035
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Keywords: Emerging markets; Banking concentration; Firm leverage; Market power and information-based theory
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 04:48
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 04:48
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/53015
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