Kesternich, Iris; Schnitzer, Monika (August 2007): Who is Afraid of Political Risk? Multinational Firms and their Choice of Capital Structure. SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper No. 213




This paper investigates how multinational firms choose their capital structure in response to political risk. We focus on two choice variables, the leverage and the ownership structure of the foreign affiliate, and we distinguish different types of political risk, like expropriation, corruption and confiscatory taxation, and In our theoretical analysis we find that as political risk increases the ownership share always decreases whereas leverage can both increase or decrease, depending on the type of political risk. Using the Microdatabase Direct Investment of the Deutsche Bundesbank, we find supportive evidence for these different effects.