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We provide an informational theory for how the ownership claims to a firm might be structured. When the market price of equity provides valuable contracting information there is a benefit to creating separate ownership claims to each of a firm's divisions. However, creating this information also...
We employ a certainty-equivalence framework to analyze the cost, value and pay/performance sensitivity of non-tradable options held by undiversified, risk-averse executives. We derive “executive value” lines, the risk-adjusted analogues to Black–Scholes lines. We show that distinguishing...
Two ingredients necessary to examine the relation between litigation risk and audit pricing are (a) a litigious legal environment, and (b) publicly disclosed auditor remuneration. We combine both ingredients by focusing on UK firms offering to sell their securities publicly in the United States....
In this paper, we investigate whether budgets ratchet. Using business-unit data from a large multinational corporation, we find evidence consistent with ratcheting where favorable budget variances result in performance budget increases that are larger than decreases associated with unfavorable...
We investigate how firms use differences in state income tax regimes to lower their state tax burdens. We develop a model that predicts that firms’ state effective tax rates first decrease then increase as a function of the number of states in which they file returns. Using firm-level data, we...
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