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Property Rights and Corporate Finance

  • Graff, Richard A.

    (Electrum Partners L.L.C.)

  • Kairys Jr., Joseph P.


    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

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    We examine a central result in corporate finance – the Modigliani-Miller capital structure irrelevance proposition – from a Coasian property rights perspective. Building upon the work of Coase, Demsetz and Cheung, we develop an enabling methodology to study the impact of positive Coasian transaction costs. When the Modigliani-Miller assumption of default-free debt is relaxed in the analysis of corporate leverage, either long-lived transaction costs related to property rights must be explicitly assumed away, or long-lived transaction costs related to property rights must be incorporated into the analysis.

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    Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 174.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: 23 Aug 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0174
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