Management International Review

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 899–916

National Culture and International Differences in the Cost of Equity Capital

Authors

    • University of Sydney Business SchoolUniversity of Sydney
  • Tony Kang
    • Spears School of Business Oklahoma State University
  • Yong Keun Yoo
    • Korea University Business School
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11575-013-0182-3

Cite this article as:
Gray, S., Kang, T. & Yoo, Y. Manag Int Rev (2013) 53: 899. doi:10.1007/s11575-013-0182-3

Abstract

  • Prior literature suggests that national culture influences many facets of business operations including corporate governance, capital structure, managerial compensation, foreign direct investment behavior and accounting systems.

  • Extending this line of literature, we examine whether key aspects of national culture are also related to international differences in the cost of equity capital.

  • In a cross-country sample of 32 countries during 1992–2006, we find that the cost of equity capital tends to be higher in more individualistic and less uncertainty avoiding societies consistent with their greater risk-taking orientation.

  • This finding contributes to the international business and financial literature by identifying national culture as an important institutional variable influencing firms’ cost of equity capital around the world.

Keywords

National culture Cost of equity capital Individualism Uncertainty avoidance Risk-taking

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