Structural Models and Endogeneity in Corporate Finance: The Link Between Managerial Ownership and Corporate Performance
Jeffrey L. Coles
David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah; Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department
Michael L. Lemmon
University of Utah - Department of Finance
University of Kansas - Finance Area
April 14, 2011
Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming
This paper presents a parsimonious, structural model that isolates primary economic determinants of the level and dispersion of managerial ownership, firm scale, and performance and the empirical associations among them. In particular, variation across firms and through time of estimated productivity parameters for physical assets and managerial input and corresponding variation in optimal compensation contract and firm size combine to deliver the well-known hump-shaped relation between Tobin's Q and managerial ownership. To assess the effectiveness of standard econometric approaches to the endogeneity problem, we apply those remedies to panel data generated from the model. The unfortunate conclusion is that, at least in the ownership-performance context, proxy variables, fixed effects, and instrumental variables do not generally provide reliable solutions to simultaneity bias.
Note: Previously titled "Structural Models and Endogeneity in Corporate FinanceStructural Models and Endogeneity in Corporate Finance: The Link Between Managerial Ownership and Corporate Performance"
Number of Pages in PDF File: 60
Keywords: Corporate governance, Managerial ownership, Executive compensation, Corporate performance, Structural model, Endogeneity
JEL Classification: G32, G34, L20
Date posted: July 18, 2003 ; Last revised: April 17, 2011
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