International Capital Structure Equilibrium

  • Author(s): JAMES E. HODDER, LEMMA W. SENBET
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 1495-1516
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1990.tb03725.x

ABSTRACT

This paper develops a theory of capital structure in an international setting with corporate and personal taxes. We generalize the Miller analysis to an international equilibrium characterized by differential international taxation and inflation in otherwise perfect international capital markets. Our analysis highlights the key role that corporate tax arbitrage plays in generating an international capital structure equilibrium, and we set forth a number of mechanisms for tax arbitrage transactions. We close the paper by outlining some implications of our analysis for national differences in capital structure, the International Fisher Effect, and international tax effects on yield differentials.

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