Micro and macro determinants of financial distress

Raymond McNamara, Keith Duncan, Simone Kelly

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One criticism of failure prediction models is the bias resulting from pooling failure data over years when economic conditions might influence the failure of a firm. This research incorporates both macroeconomic variables and firm specific variables in explaining corporate failure. The results suggest that including economic variables improve the explanation of failure by ten percent. The economic variables included in the analysis were one-year lag in change in GDP, a two-year lag in interest rates, a one-year lag in the share price index, and a one-year lag in corporate profits. Economic variables were identified using a principal component analysis of key economic variables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Business Research Conference
EditorsT. Hoque
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherWorld Business Institute Australia
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780980827958
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Business Research Conference - Mecure Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 21 Nov 201123 Nov 2011
Conference number: 15th


ConferenceInternational Business Research Conference
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