Does capital structure matter? Evidence from family-owned firms in Jordan
Al-Haddad, Lara M.
Gerged, Ali Meftah
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Al-Haddad, L.M., Saidat, Z., Seaman, C. and Gerged, A.M. (2023) ‘Does capital structure matter? Evidence from family-owned firms in Jordan’, Journal of Family Business Management Available at: https://doi.org/10.1108/JFBM-09-2022-0115.
Purpose This study examines the potential impact of capital structure on the financial performance of family-owned firms in Jordan. Design/methodology/approach Using panel data of 107 listed companies from 2019 to 2021, the authors use a multivariate regression model to empirically examine the role that family firms' capital structure can play in engendering financial performance in the short and long terms. Findings This study's evidence indicates that family businesses rely on equity as their primary source of funding. This approach has been proven to be detrimental to their financial performance, as evidenced by the negative impact of capital structure on family firms' financial performance in the current study. Originality/value Capital structure-related decisions are essential to a firm's performance. Thus, there have been numerous empirical studies examining the relationship between capital structure and corporate performance in various settings worldwide. However, the findings of these studies are inconclusive. Also, there are relatively few empirical studies investigating the association between capital structure and the performance of family firms in emerging countries, particularly Jordan. This study, therefore, addresses this empirical gap in extant literature.