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Economic rents, the demand for capital, and financial structure

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  • Richard W. Kopcke
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    The correspondence between the demand for capital and various measures of the return on assets, the cost of capital, and Tobin’s q often is tenuous (Abel and Blanchard 1986; Hayashi 1982), at times even perverse. Of a variety of possible explanations, this paper considers the consequences of allowing for declining returns to capital--a declining marginal efficiency of capital schedule (MEC). This modification not only relaxes the connection between the demand for capital and many of its traditional determinants, but it also may introduce a connection among the value of the firm, its financial structure, and its stock of assets.

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    Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in its series Working Papers with number 91-8.

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    Date of creation: 1991
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