Comment on Forward Markets, Stock Markets, and the Theory of the Firm

  • Author(s): VOJISLAV MAKSIMOVIC, GORDON SICK, JOSEF ZECHNER
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 525-528
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1989.tb05072.x

ABSTRACT

In a recent article, MacMinn [5] argues that the presence of forward markets eliminates the incentives of the firm's manager to choose production levels that maximize firm value. In this comment, we show that his results do not depend on the presence of forward markets. The critical assumptions are that the manager is endowed with money rather than stock in the firm and that there is no competitive labor market for managers. In addition, his results require time‚Äźinconsistent behavior on the part of the firm's manager.

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