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Flexible Prices and Leverage

Francesco D’Acunto, Ryan Liu, Carolin Pflueger, Michael Weber

NBER Working Paper No. 23066
Issued in January 2017
NBER Program(s):Corporate Finance, Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Monetary Economics

The frequency with which firms adjust output prices helps explain persistent differences in capital structure across firms. Unconditionally, the most flexible-price firms have a 19% higher long-term leverage ratio than the most sticky-price firms, controlling for known determinants of capital structure. Sticky-price firms increased leverage more than flexible-price firms following the staggered implementation of the Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act across states and over time, which we use in a difference-in-differences strategy. Firms' frequency of price adjustment did not change around the deregulation.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23066

Published: Francesco D’Acunto & Ryan Liu & Carolin Pflueger & Michael Weber, 2018. "Flexible prices and leverage," Journal of Financial Economics, . citation courtesy of

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