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Corporate insurance with optimal financial contracting

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  • Bruno Jullien

    () (IDEI and GREMAQ , UniversitÊ des Sciences Sociales Toulouse 1, Place Anatole France, 31042 Toulouse CÊdex, FRANCE)

  • Georges Dionne

    () (Risk Management Chair, HEC-MontrÊal, 3000 Cote Ste Catherine, MontrÊal, CANADA H3T3A7, C.R.T.)

  • Bernard Caillaud

    () (CERAS-ENPC , 28 rue des Saints PÉres, 75007 Paris, FRANCE)

Abstract

This paper attemps to rationalize the use of insurance covenants in financial contracts, and shows how external financing generates a demand for insurance by risk-neutral entrepreneurs. In our model, the entrepreneur needs external financing for a risky project that can be affected by an accident during its realization. Accident losses and final returns are private information to the firm, but they can be evaluated by two costly auditing technologies. We derive the optimal financial contract: it is a bundle of a standard debt contract and an insurance contract with franchise, trading off bankruptcy costs vs auditing costs. We then analyze how this optimal contract can be achieved by decentralized trading on competitive markets when insurance and credit activities are exogenously separated. With additive risks, the insurance contract involves full coverage above a straight deductible. We interpret this result by showing how our results imply induced risk aversion for risk-neutral firms.

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  • Bruno Jullien & Georges Dionne & Bernard Caillaud, 2000. "Corporate insurance with optimal financial contracting," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 16(1), pages 77-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:16:y:2000:i:1:p:77-105
    Note: Received: December 14, 1998; revised version: August 11, 1999
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    Keywords

    Corporate insurance; Credit; Contract; Audit.;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies

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