Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure

ISBN-10: 0198288816

ISBN-13: 9780198288817

Edition: 1995

Authors: Oliver Hart

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This book provides a framework for thinking about economic instiutions such as firms. The basic idea is that institutions arise in situations where people write incomplete contracts and where the allocation of power or control is therefore important. Power and control are not standard concepts in economic theory. The book begins by pointing out that traditional approaches cannot explain on the one hand why all transactions do not take place in one huge firm and on the other hand why firms matter at all. An incomplete contracting or property rights approach is then developed. It is argued that this approach can throw light on the boundaries of firms and on the meaning of asset ownership. In the remainder of the book, incomplete contacting ideas are applied to understand firms' financial decisions, in particular, the nature of debt and equity (why equity has votes and creditors have foreclosure rights); the capital structure decisions of public companies; optimal bankruptcy procedure; and the allocation of voting rights across a company's shares. The book is written in a fairly non-technical style and includes many examples. It is aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students, academic and business economists, and lawyers as well as those with an interest in corporate finance, privatization and regulation, and transitional issues in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China. Little background knowledge is required, since the concepts are developed as the book progresses and the existing literature is fully reviewed.
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Understanding Firms
The Property Rights Approach
Further Issues Arising from the Property Rights Approach
A Discussion of the Foundations of the Incomplete Contracting Model
Appendix Message-Dependent Ownership Structures
Understanding Financial Structure
Theories of Financial Contracting and Debt
Appendix the: Costly State Verification Approach
Capital Structure Decisions of a Public Company
Role of Short-Term Debt: Model 3
Bankruptcy Procedure
The Structure of Voting Rights in a Public Company
References
Index
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