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Debt as a Regulatory Constraint


  • Lars Jebjerg

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)


This paper is about using specific investments and secured debt to shield a firm from exploitation by a regulatory authority. It is shown that specific investments and secured debt constrain the regulatory authority in its choice of regime, by providing a credible threat of bankruptcy.

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  • Lars Jebjerg, 1999. "Debt as a Regulatory Constraint," Discussion Papers 99-02, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:9902

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    regulation; financial structure; hold-up problems;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General

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