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Ramzi Benkraiem, Amal Hamrouni, Anthony Miloudi and Ali Uyar
 
''Access to Finance for French Firms: Do boardroom attributes matter?''
( 2018, Vol. 38 No.3 )
 
 
This article aims at studying the influence of boardroom attributes on access to leverage in the French context. The empirical findings lead to several interesting results. They reveal a negative relation between the number of female directors on the board and the total and long-term leverage ratios. Due likely to the risk aversion of women, firms with more gender-diverse boards appear to use less levels of debt. This is consistent with the pecking order theory. The results also show that the size of the board, the frequency of its meetings and the average age of its independent directors positively affect the leverage ratios. They are coherent with the disciplinary role of the board stipulated by the agency theory.
 
 
Keywords: Financing policy, boardroom attributes, leverage, France.
JEL: G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance: General
 
Manuscript Received : Apr 10 2018 Manuscript Accepted : Jul 18 2018

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