A paper, “Corporate Debt Maturity Profiles,” presents a framework to show that is an important dimension of a firm’s overall capital structure. There is a lack of evidence about this aspect of capital structure, but financial managers often suggest that avoiding so-called “maturity towers” (i.e., spreading debt maturity dates over time) is a key factor when firms choose debt maturities. The paper’s authors are Jaewon Choi (University of Illinois), Dirk Hackbarth (Boston University), and Josef Zechner (Vienna University of Economics and Business).
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