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Self-Selection and Advice in Venture Capital Finance

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  • Christian Keuschnigg

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  • Soren Bo Nielsen

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In financing start-up firms, venture capitalists carefully select among alternative projects, design incentive compatible financial contracts and support portfolio companies with value enhancing managerial advice. This paper considers how venture capitalists can induce self-selection among entrepreneurial firms with different qualities and growth potential by designing appropriate contracts and offering managerial support. We study the efficiency of the competitive market equilibrium with respect to the level and quality of entrepreneurship and the level of effort by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. We also provide comparative static results with respect to basic preference and technology parameters.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen in its series University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2006 with number 2006-06.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2006:2006-06

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Keywords: Venture capital; entrepreneurship; self-selection; moral hazard;

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  1. Christian Keuschnigg, 2008. "Tax Policy for Venture Capital Backed Entrepreneurship," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2008 2008-07, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.

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