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Corporate Governance and Neoclassical Economics

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  • Dennis C. Mueller

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Although the term “corporate governance” is relatively new in the economist’s lexicon, the issues with which it is concerned are as old as the profession itself. In this article, first I try to illustrate this, and then I trace the development of the literature, including discussions of the so-called managerial discretion literature and the principal–agent literature. Following a discussion of asset bubbles, I illustrate the tension between concerns about corporate governance and neoclassical economics by examining the literature on managerial compensation and mergers. This literature reveals a wide gap between traditional neoclassical economics and more recent developments in behavioral economics.

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  • Dennis C. Mueller, 2018. "Corporate Governance and Neoclassical Economics," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(1), pages 47-64, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:25:y:2018:i:1:p:47-64
    DOI: 10.1080/13571516.2017.1374038
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