Firm Location and Corporate Debt

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Journal of Banking & Finance


This study examines the influence of a firm’s geographical location on corporate debt and provides evidence that the higher cost of collecting information on firms distant from urban areas has significant implications on a wide array of corporate debt characteristics. We find that rural firms face higher debt yield spreads and attract smaller and less prestigious bank syndicates than urban firms. Rural firms attempt to reduce their informational disadvantage by relying more on relationship banking. Our results on the effect of location on corporate debt are robust to the inclusion of an extensive set of firm and issue characteristics.


Accepted Version. Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 1079–1092 (April, 2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2011.11.003