Security Design with Status Concerns

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Suleyman Basak

London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Dmitry Makarov

ICEF, Higher School of Economics

Alex Shapiro

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Marti G. Subrahmanyam

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Date Written: June 5, 2019

Abstract

This paper provides a status-based explanation for convertible securities. An entrepreneur with status concerns inducing risk-taking decides how to finance the firm and how to dynamically manage it. Solving analytically for the optimal security, we find that it is substantially similar to a convertible security. Our model can explain why convertible securities are mainly issued by start-ups and small firms, as we show that their salient characteristics, higher volatility and dynamic flexibility, increase incentives to issue convertible securities. We also provide analytical results relevant to quantifying how status concerns affect credit risk, an established factor behind security choice.

Keywords: Security Design, Status Concerns, Convertible Securities, Financing, Hybrid Securities

JEL Classification: G32, C61, G24, D86

Suggested Citation

Basak, Suleyman and Makarov, Dmitry and Shapiro, Alex and Subrahmanyam, Marti G., Security Design with Status Concerns (June 5, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2556344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2556344

Suleyman Basak

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Dmitry Makarov (Contact Author)

ICEF, Higher School of Economics ( email )

26 Shabolovka
Moscow
Russia

HOME PAGE: http://www.nes.ru/~dmakarov

Alex Shapiro

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )

Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012-1126
United States
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212-995-4233 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~ashapiro/

Marti G. Subrahmanyam

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )

Stern School of Business,
44 West 4th Street, Suite 9-68
New York, NY 10012-1126
United States
212-998-0348 (Phone)
212-995-4233 (Fax)

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