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Agency Cost of Debt and Credit Market Imperfections: A Bargaining Approach

14 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2004  

Erkki Koskela

University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Bank of Finland - Research Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rune Stenbacka

Hanken School of Economics

Abstract

This paper studies the effect of credit market imperfections, measured by the relative bargaining power of banks, on the agency costs of debt finance. The threshold of obtaining loan finance is shown to be independent of the relative bargaining power of the financier. However, lower relative bargaining power of banks leads to lower lending rates and investment return distributions with lower, but less risky returns. Thus, our analysis does not support the view, presented in a large existing literature, that there would be a trade-off between reduced credit market imperfections and higher agency costs of debt finance.

Suggested Citation

Koskela, Erkki and Stenbacka, Rune, Agency Cost of Debt and Credit Market Imperfections: A Bargaining Approach. Bulletin of Economic Research, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 365-377, October 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=598367

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