IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/fau/fauart/v57y2007i7-8p382-399.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

An Endogenous Attitude to Firms’ Risk Aversion: A Model

Author

Abstract

The paper examines the risk behavior of a competitive firm under price uncertainty. The model developed in the paper departs from Greenwald and Stiglitz (1993a), which singly implies risk-averse behavior. The incorporation of more general assumptions about a firm’s financing – access to the equity market, the possibility of a soft budget constraint – allows the identification of a broader range of determinants of a firm’s attitude toward risk and, hence, optimal output. The results indicate that price and technology are not the only important factors in a firm’s optimal output level, as is the case for the neoclassical firm. The model also demonstrates that a firm’s net worth position, managerial sensitivity to bankruptcy, access to capital market, budget constraint softness, and degree of uncertainty about future prices may play important roles toward optimal output considerations.

Suggested Citation

  • Michal Bauer, 2007. "An Endogenous Attitude to Firms’ Risk Aversion: A Model," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 57(7-8), pages 382-399, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:57:y:2007:i:7-8:p:382-399
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://journal.fsv.cuni.cz/storage/1096_fau_7_8_2007_000000000080.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Jonathan Eaton & Mark Gersovitz & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 1991. "The Pure Theory of Country Risk," NBER Chapters,in: International Volatility and Economic Growth: The First Ten Years of The International Seminar on Macroeconomics, pages 391-435 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Bruce C. Greenwald & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 1993. "Financial Market Imperfections and Business Cycles," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 108(1), pages 77-114.
    3. J. Kornai & E. Maskin & G. Roland., 2004. "Understanding the Soft Budget Constraint," VOPROSY ECONOMIKI, N.P. Redaktsiya zhurnala "Voprosy Economiki", vol. 12.
    4. Fama, Eugene F & Jensen, Michael C, 1983. "Separation of Ownership and Control," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 26(2), pages 301-325, June.
    5. M. Dewatripont & E. Maskin, 1995. "Credit and Efficiency in Centralized and Decentralized Economies," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 62(4), pages 541-555.
    6. Sandmo, Agnar, 1971. "On the Theory of the Competitive Firm under Price Uncertainty," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 61(1), pages 65-73, March.
    7. Simeon Djankov & Peter Murrell, 2002. "Enterprise Restructuring in Transition: A Quantitative Survey," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, pages 739-792.
    8. Bruce Greenwald & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 1993. "New and Old Keynesians," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 7(1), pages 23-44, Winter.
    9. Greenwald, Bruce C & Stiglitz, Joseph E, 1990. "Asymmetric Information and the New Theory of the Firm: Financial Constraints and Risk Behavior," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 80(2), pages 160-165, May.
    10. Arthur Hau, 2004. "Theory of the firm facing uncertain demand revisited," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 24(2), pages 457-464, August.
    11. Leland, Hayne E, 1972. "Theory of the Firm Facing Uncertain Demand," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 62(3), pages 278-291, June.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    Keywords

    attitude to risk; bankruptcy; financing; firm; soft budget constraint; uncertainty;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:57:y:2007:i:7-8:p:382-399. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Lenka Herrmannova) or (Christopher F Baum). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/icunicz.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.