Financing of Growth in Agricultural Cooperatives

This study examines the hypothesis that cooperatives suffer from a shortage of equity capital because of ownership structure and nonmarketability of cooperative equity. The empirical findings indicate that agricultural cooperatives finance nearly half their growth with equity. Contrary to theoretical expectations, the equity financing proportion of cooperatives is found to be statistically indistinguishable from the national average of nonfinancial corporations for 1973-1983 and is higher than the national average since 1984. Cooperatives are observed to raise new debt mainly through short-term borrowing. This indicates that banks may be reluctant to lend long-term to cooperatives because of their "unorthodox" ownership structure.


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Issue Date:
1992
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/232672
Total Pages:
24
Series Statement:
Working Paper
9208




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