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The Impact of the Euro Crisis on Corporate Capital Sources in France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the effect of the European sovereign debt crisis on alternative capital sources of public companies from France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Specifically, it studies which financing choices expose a company to potential bank lending and demand shocks during the Euro crisis. To this end, the study employs average treatment effect estimations and difference-in-differences regressions to show whether financially more (less) constrained companies use more (less) alternative capital than matching control companies. I find that two of three financially more constrained company groups show higher use of alternative capital sources than matched companies due to evidence for bank lending shocks in Germany and France. Companies with a high financial dependence behave against the expectation because of high cash holdings and lower need for alternative capital. Companies with high cash holdings showed signs of a demand shock. Swiss and British companies appear to be much less affected by the Euro crisis because of weaker financial ties with the most affected southern Eurozone economies.

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2016. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Capital sources, financial constraint, European sovereign debt crisis
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277259OAI: diva2:904200
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
Available from: 2016-02-29 Created: 2016-02-18 Last updated: 2016-02-29Bibliographically approved

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