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Shaking the tree: an agency-theoretic model of asset pricing


  • Jamsheed Shorish


  • Stephen E. Spear



In this paper, we develop an agency-theoretic extension of the Lucas asset pricing model and examine the resulting asset price dynamics. In the model, an agent of the firm can expand or contract the firm’s output and dividend payments in response to exogenous shocks, although expansions become increasingly costly for the agent to maintain. Analysis of numerical simulations shows that the time-series of equilibrium asset prices exhibits both significant time-varying conditional heteroskedasticity, and longer memory persistence. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

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  • Jamsheed Shorish & Stephen E. Spear, 2005. "Shaking the tree: an agency-theoretic model of asset pricing," Annals of Finance, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 51-72, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:annfin:v:1:y:2005:i:1:p:51-72 DOI: 10.1007/s10436-004-0001-8

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    Intra-firm dynamics; Agency theory; Asset pricing; Conditional heteroskedasticity; Long memory persistence; G12;

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    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates


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