, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 899-916
Date: 11 Sep 2013

National Culture and International Differences in the Cost of Equity Capital

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  • 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.