Agency Conflicts, Investment, and Asset Pricing

Award Winner: 
Winner of the 2008 Standard Life Investments Finance Prize (Best paper in the Finance Working Paper series)

Agency Conflicts, Investment, and Asset Pricing

Rui Albuquerque, Neng Wang

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Date posted :

May 01 2007

Last revised :

December 06 2018
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  • asset prices • 
  • heterogeneous agents • 
  • agency • 
  • Corporate governance • 
  • investor protection • 
  • volatility • 
  • overinvestment

The separation of ownership and control allows controlling shareholders to pursue private benefits. We develop an analytically tractable dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model to study asset pricing and welfare implications of imperfect investor protection.

Consistent with empirical evidence, the model predicts that countries with weaker investor protection have more incentives to overinvest, lower Tobin's q, higher return volatility, larger risk premium, and higher interest rate. Calibrating the model to the Korean economy reveals that making investor protection perfect increases the stock market's value by 22%, a gain for which outside shareholders are willing to pay 11% of their capital stock.

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Publication Title: 
Journal of Finance
Volume 63, Issue1, February 2008, Pages 1-40


Real name:
Neng Wang