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Motivating Entrepreneurial Activity in a Firm

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  • Antonio E. Bernardo
  • Hongbin Cai
  • Jiang Luo

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We examine the problem of motivating privately informed managers to engage in entrepreneurial activity to improve the quality of the firm's investment opportunities. The firm's investment and compensation policy must balance the manager's incentives to provide entrepreneurial effort and to report private information truthfully. The optimal policy is to underinvest (compared to first-best) and provide weak incentive pay in low-quality projects and overinvest (compared to first-best) and provide strong incentive pay in high-quality projects. The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Society for Financial Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org, Oxford University Press.

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  • Antonio E. Bernardo & Hongbin Cai & Jiang Luo, 2009. "Motivating Entrepreneurial Activity in a Firm," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 22(3), pages 1089-1118, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:22:y:2009:i:3:p:1089-1118
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