Corporate Financial Policy and the Theory of Financial Intermediation

  • Author(s): JAMES K. SEWARD
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 351-377
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1990.tb03694.x


This paper examines the optimal structure of financial contracts in an economy subject to two forms of moral hazard. Multiple information problems are shown to generate a role for multiple classes of financial claimants. We then show that economic efficiency is enhanced if the financial structure of the economy consists of both direct and intermediated financial contract markets. Consequently, our results demonstrate a motivation for the complementarity between capital markets and depository financial institutions.

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