Go Public or Stay Private: A Theory of Entrepreneurial Choice

39 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2004

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Arnoud W. A. Boot

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Tinbergen Institute

Anjan V. Thakor

Washington University, Saint Louis - John M. Olin School of Business; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Radhakrishnan Gopalan

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School

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Date Written: February 2004

Abstract

In this Paper, we analyse an entrepreneur/manager's choice between private and public ownership in a setting in which management needs some 'elbow room' or autonomy to manage the firm optimally. In public capital markets, the corporate governance regime in place exposes the firm to exogenous controls, so that management may lack the autonomy it desires. By contrast, private ownership can provide management with the desired autonomy due to the possibility of precisely-calibrated private contracting. The disadvantage of private ownership (relative to public ownership) is that it imposes a cost of illiquidity on those who provide financing. We explore this trade-off between managerial autonomy and the cost of capital in a simple setting and draw a number of new testable implications.

Keywords: Ownership structures, stockmarket listing

JEL Classification: D83, G30, G32

Suggested Citation

Boot, Arnoud W. A. and Thakor, Anjan V. and Gopalan, Radhakrishnan, Go Public or Stay Private: A Theory of Entrepreneurial Choice (February 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=509641

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