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Compensation and Bargaining with Entrpreneurship as the Outside Option

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  • Erkki Koskela
  • Rune Stenbacka

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We analyze the impact of entrepreneurship as an outside option on compensation contracts between a principal and an agent with bargaining power. In the first stage the parties bargain over the base wage and the profit share. In the second stage the principal determines the capital investment and the agent decides on effort. It is shown that while negotiated base wage increases in the degree of the competitiveness in the market for outside equity funding, the profit share is invariant both to the imperfections prevailing in the equity market and to the relative bargaining power of the negotiating parties.

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  • Erkki Koskela & Rune Stenbacka, 2000. "Compensation and Bargaining with Entrpreneurship as the Outside Option," CESifo Working Paper Series 314, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Richard Fairchild, 2004. "Financial Contracting Between Managers And Venture Capitalists: The Role Of Value-Added Services, Reputation Seeking, And Bargaining Power," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 27(4), pages 481-495.

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