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Owning Capital or Being Shareholders: An Equivalence Result with Incomplete Markets

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  • Eva Carceles-Poveda

    (SUNY Stony Brook)

  • Daniele Coen Pirani

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

Abstract

Many recent papers in macroeconomics have studied the implications of models with household heterogeneity and incomplete financial markets under the assumption that households own the stock of physical capital and undertake the intertemporal investment decisions. In these models, production exhibits constant returns to scale, households maximize expected discounted utility, and firms rent capital and labor from households to maximize period by period profits. This paper considers the case in which infinitely lived firms, rather than households, make the intertemporal investment decisions. Under this assumption, it shows that there exists an objective function for firms that results in the same equilibrium allocation as in the standard setting with one period lived firms. The objective requires that firms maximize their asset value, which is defined as the discounted value of future cash flows using present value processes that do not allow for arbitrage opportunities. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Eva Carceles-Poveda & Daniele Coen Pirani, 2010. "Owning Capital or Being Shareholders: An Equivalence Result with Incomplete Markets," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 13(3), pages 537-558, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:08-124 DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2009.08.001
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    1. Anagnostopoulos, Alexis & Cárceles-Poveda, Eva & Lin, Danmo, 2012. "Dividend and capital gains taxation under incomplete markets," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(7), pages 599-611.
    2. Jack Favilukis & Sydney C. Ludvigson & Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, 2017. "The Macroeconomic Effects of Housing Wealth, Housing Finance, and Limited Risk Sharing in General Equilibrium," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 125(1), pages 140-223.

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    Keywords

    Incomplete markets; Firm objectives; Value maximization;

    JEL classification:

    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General

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