Agency conflicts and short- versus long-termism in corporate policies

We build a dynamic agency model in which the agent controls both current earnings via short-term investment and firm growth via long-term investment. Under the optimal contract, agency conflicts can induce short- and long-term investment levels beyond first best, leading to short- or long-termism in corporate policies. The paper analytically shows how firm characteristics shape the optimal contract and the horizon of corporate policies, thereby generating a number of novel empirical predictions on the optimality of short-versus long-termism. It also demonstrates that combining short- and long-term agency conflicts naturally leads to asymmetric pay-for-performance in managerial contracts. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Published in:
Journal Of Financial Economics, 136, 3, 718-742
Year:
Jun 01 2020
Publisher:
Lausanne, ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
ISSN:
0304-405X
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