Perquisites, Risk, and Capital Structure

  • Author(s): JOSEPH WILLIAMS
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 29-48
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1987.tb02548.x


In a corporate agency problem, perquisites and risk interact to produce novel, complex comparative statics. For example, even if additional debt induces risk‐neutral insiders to increase risk, they never seek to increase the market value of their stock; instead, insiders decrease the present value of their subsequent, conditionally optimal perquisites. Also, the firm's optimal capital structure includes a risky bond with an agreement to remove insiders whenever the bond defaults. However, the optimal sharing rule between corporate claimants cannot be supported solely by standard securities such as bonds, stocks, options, and their hybrids.

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