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Temporal Resolution of Uncertainty, the Investment Policy of Levered Firms and Corporate Debt Yields


Alexander Reisz


Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Kose John


New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

March 2002

NYU Working Paper No. FIN-02-016

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This paper attempts to link the agency literature (concerned with the fact that tensions between bondholders and shareholders may trigger suboptimal investment decisions) with the one dealing with temporal resolution of uncertainty (TRU). We consider here how the speed of resolution of the uncertainty characterizing the firm's operations affects the risk-shifting behavior of a shareholder-aligned manager. It is assumed that investors are risk neutral and that the return on the risky technology is normally distributed. It is shown that the speed of TRU affects monotonically the extent of risk shifting as well as bond yields, even after optimal contracts mitigating deviations from the first-best investment policy have been written. In particular, the optimal investment-restricting covenant is endogenously characterized. Empirical implications are derived and discussed.

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Reisz, Alexander and John, Kose, Temporal Resolution of Uncertainty, the Investment Policy of Levered Firms and Corporate Debt Yields (March 2002). NYU Working Paper No. FIN-02-016. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1294194

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Alexander Reisz (Contact Author)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ( email )
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New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )
Stern School of Business
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