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  • Luigi Zingales

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In this paper I argue that corporate finance theory, empirical research, practical applications, and policy recommendations are deeply rooted in an underlying theory of the firm. I also argue that while the existing theories have delivered very important and useful insights, they seem to be quite ineffective in helping us cope with the new type of firms that are emerging. I outline the characteristics that a new theory of the firm should satisfy and how such a theory could change the way we do corporate finance, both theoretically and empirically.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 7706.

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Date of creation: May 2000
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Publication status: published as Zingales, Luigi. "In Search Of New Foundations," Journal of Finance, 2000, v55(4,Aug), 1623-1653.
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