Optimal capital structure in agency relationships


Journal Article

Copyright © 1995, RAND. We analyze the optimal design of capital structure in agency relationships. When a risk-averse principal controls the agent's capital structure, she awards a larger equity stake to outsiders the smaller the agent's productivity. When she controls both the timing and the terms of the agent's financing, the principal shifts to equityholders all risk associated with stochastic production and with the agent's unknown productivity. When the principal dictates only the terms of financing, only the former risk is borne by equityholders. When the principal is sufficiently averse to risk, she affords the agent no choice among incentive schemes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lewis, TR; Sappington, DEM

Published Date

  • January 1, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 343 - 361

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1756-2171

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0741-6261

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/2555992

Citation Source

  • Scopus