Call for Papers: Special Issue of Research in International Business and Finance

“Culture, Institutions, Risk, and International Variations in Firm Financing”

Deadline for completed submissions: July 30, 2012


Research in International Business and Finance (RIBAF) is published by Elsevier. This special issue is focused on behavioral and institutional explanations for the use of outside financing by business firms. 

Traditionally, research on the capital structure and the use of outside financing by firms has focused on the impact of firm-level variables. However, it seems outcomes in finance, including capital structure and financing decisions, are shaped by laws and institutions that result from nations’ culture and history. Thus, there has been much interest in how international differences in risk attitudes and other national social and institutional characteristics influence the availability of external finance and the capital structure of firms. Recent research has begun to examine the influence of such factors as national culture, social trust, legal origins, bankruptcy laws, disclosure environments, governance, employment rights, and other national behavioral characteristics on the capital structures of firms.

Papers that use new and or novel empirical methodologies to examine these issues for financial and non-financial firms using international data sets are particularly welcome. In order to enhance the fit of a manuscript with the goals of the special issue, potential authors are invited to submit and receive feedback on a three page summary of the proposed paper as early as possible. 

Though earlier submissions are encouraged, the deadline for submission of completed manuscripts is July 30, 2012.  Please send your manuscripts and other inquiries to the special issue editors: 

Raj Aggarwal and John Goodell at: [log in to unmask]
(University of Akron, USA)

Journal information and author guidelines can be accessed at:


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