Center for Advanced Management




Prof. Michael Weber (The University of Chicago)


  • Datum: 14.09.2016
    Zeit: 17:00 - 19:00
    Ort: Ludwigstraße 28, VG, Raum 211b
    Titel: Flexible Prices and Leverage

The frequency with which firms adjust output prices is an important determinant of persistent differences in capital structure across firms. The most flexible-price firms have a 19% higher long-term financial leverage ratio than the most sticky-price firms, controlling for known determinants of capital structure. We rationalize this novel fact in a costly-state-verification model, in which sticky-price firms are more exposed to shocks, and face tighter financial constraints. In the model, a better monitoring ability reduces asymmetric information and narrows the leverage gap between inflexible- and flexible-price firms. Consistently, 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 triple-differences identification strategy. Firms’ frequency of price adjustment did not change around the deregulation.