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Wealth Maximization and the Cost of Capital

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I. Introduction, 433.—II. The model, 434.—III. The problem, 435.—IV. Wealth maximization: no personal taxes, 436.—V. Wealth maximization with personal taxes, 438.—VI. Firm value and the cost of capital, 440.—VII. Financial policy and the cost of capital, 442.—VIII. Conclusion, 445.

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  • Alan J. Auerbach, 1979. "Wealth Maximization and the Cost of Capital," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 93(3), pages 433-446.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:93:y:1979:i:3:p:433-446.
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