Journal article

Portfolio implications of an equity rain in Australia

GC Lim, SS Kells

ECONOMIC RECORD | ECONOMIC SOC OF AUSTRALIA BROWN PRIOR ANDERSON PTY LTD | Published : 1995

Abstract

In the next decade Australia will experience a substantial privatization program. This represents a switch away from public debt financing towards public equity financing. In this paper, estimates of the likely effect of the government's privatization program on corporate financing are provided. The main result of an increase in the supply of equities along with a commensurate reduction in the supply of government debt is to cause a significant increase in the relative cost of equity, thereby creating incentives for corporate financiers to emphasize reliance on debt financing relative to equity financing. The estimated effect on the weighted cost of finance in the economy, while positive, is..

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