This study explores whether or not the geography characteristics of a firm's headquarters location affect the firm's credit risk in a geographically small and culturally homogeneous country by employing firm location data in Taiwan from the year 2005 to 2011. Empirical results of this study show that rural firms have higher credit risk than urban firms. In addition, the firm location effect is mainly through the channels of incomplete information and financial leverage. Moreover, the study also finds that a firm's market-debt financing distance is positively associated with its credit risk while the firm's banking-debt financing distance has insignificant effect.
- Credit risk
- Financing distance
- Firm location
- Geographically small country (Taiwan)
- Structural form credit models