An Empirical Investigation of the Growth Cycle Theory of Small Firm Financing
Management and International Business
This paper empirically tests the financial growth cycle model for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which postulates that as firms become larger, older, and more informationally transparent, their financing options become more attractive. We add to the literature by providing one of the first empirical tests of the model using a large, cross-sectional data set. Our results partially support the financial growth cycle model. Specifically, our results show larger firms, as measured by total number of employees, are more likely to use public equity funding or long-term debt as opposed to insider funding.
Journal of Small Business Management
Gregory, B. T.,
Rutherford, M. W.,
(2005). An Empirical Investigation of the Growth Cycle Theory of Small Firm Financing. Journal of Small Business Management, 43(4), 382-392.
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