Date of Award

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Management Science

First Advisor

Valeriy Sibilkov

Committee Members

John Huck, Joesph Halford, Richard Marcus


This study examines the effect of the maturity structure of debt on corporate investment utilizing industry deregulation and alternatively high natural gas price as the exogenous shock to investment opportunities. When the shock occurs, the relation between shorter debt maturity and investment becomes more positive, and exclusively so in firms more likely to be susceptible to investment distortions caused by debt overhang. This study finds no evidence that shorter debt maturity exacerbates debt overhang. The evidence is consistent with Myers (1977) that shorter debt maturity alleviates investment distortions caused by debt overhang.

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