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The Commitment of Finance, Duplicated Monitoring and the Investment Horizon

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  • Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden

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The paper presents a simple model of financial contracting for a long-term investment project in which early project termination may be an optimal response to information asymmetries. The paper characterizes when this constellation leads to inefficient short- term investment. It is shown that in this setting delegated monitoring is problematic because it creates a commitment problem for the investor. This yields a countervailing effect to the scale economies inherent in the delegation of monitoring. It is shown that contracting with more than one investor can provide an informational insurance to the firm which lengthens its planning horizon.

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  • Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, 1992. "The Commitment of Finance, Duplicated Monitoring and the Investment Horizon," CEPR Financial Markets Paper 0027, European Science Foundation Network in Financial Markets, c/o C.E.P.R, 77 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PZ..
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    1. Avner Shaked & John Sutton, 1982. "Relaxing Price Competition Through Product Differentiation," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 49(1), pages 3-13.
    2. Douglas W. Diamond, 1984. "Financial Intermediation and Delegated Monitoring," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 51(3), pages 393-414.
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