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Managerial Autonomy, Allocation of Control Rights, and Optimal Capital Structure

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  • Arnoud W. A. Boot
  • Anjan V. Thakor

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We examine the design of control rights of external financiers, and how these interact with the firm's security issuance and capital structure when the firm's initial owners and managers may disagree with new investors over project choice. The first main result is an ex ante managerial preference for "soft" financial claims that maximize managerial project-choice autonomy, which is in contrast to agency theory. Second, a dynamic "pecking order" of cash, equity, and debt emerges. Additional results explain equity issuance at high prices, the drifting of leverage ratios with stock returns, cash hoarding, and debt usage without taxes, agency, or signaling. The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Society for Financial Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com., Oxford University Press.

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  • Arnoud W. A. Boot & Anjan V. Thakor, 2011. "Managerial Autonomy, Allocation of Control Rights, and Optimal Capital Structure," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 24(10), pages 3434-3485.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:24:y:2011:i:10:p:3434-3485
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    1. Acharya, Viral V. & Thakor, Anjan V., 2016. "The dark side of liquidity creation: Leverage and systemic risk," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 4-21.
    2. Dicks, David & Fulghieri, Paolo, 2015. "Ambiguity, Disagreement, and Allocation of Control in Firms," CEPR Discussion Papers 10400, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Bargeron, Leonce L. & Lehn, Kenneth & Moeller, Sara B. & Schlingemann, Frederik P., 2014. "Disagreement and the informativeness of stock returns: The case of acquisition announcements," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 155-172.
    4. Thakor, Anjan V., 2015. "Strategic information disclosure when there is fundamental disagreement," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 131-153.

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