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Financial Contracting Under Imperfect Enforcement

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  • Tore Ellingsen
  • Eirik Gaard Kristiansen

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We develop a model of financial contracting under imperfect enforcement. Financial contracts are designed to keep entrepreneurs from diverting project returns, but enforcement is probabilistic and penalties are limited. The model rationalizes the prevalence of straight debt and common stock, and its predictions are consistent with a host of empirical capital structure regularities. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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  • Tore Ellingsen & Eirik Gaard Kristiansen, 2011. "Financial Contracting Under Imperfect Enforcement," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 126(1), pages 323-371.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:126:y:2011:i:1:p:323-371
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