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Does the Master's Eye Make the Horse Fat? Maintenance of Collateral and Asset Care under Purchase and Leasing Contracts

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The paper presents a theory of leasing in which asset use and maintenance shape the firm's decision between purchasing or leasing productive assets. When the maintenance of the asset cannot be carefully specified as part of the loan agreement, its level may be suboptimal, and jeopardise the return to the financiers in case of default, thus eroding the benefit of collateral pledging, particularly relevant for financially constrained firms. Operating leasing allows to overcome such shortcoming, as the maintenance is delegated to the lessor. However, this delegation generates a novel moral hazard problem on the lessee, who, by not paying for maintenance, does not internalise the use incentive and may practice inefficiently low levels of care and cause asset depletion. The paper characterises circumstances in which it may be optimal to lease rather than buy and rationalises some observed features of leasing contracts.

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  • Annamaria Menichini & Maria Grazia Romano, 2018. "Does the Master's Eye Make the Horse Fat? Maintenance of Collateral and Asset Care under Purchase and Leasing Contracts," CSEF Working Papers 520, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
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    Keywords

    Collateral; Financial constraints; Leasing; Maintenance.;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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