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An Endogenous Attitude to Firms’ Risk Aversion: A Model

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Michal Bauer Ph.D.,
Type: Articles in journals with impact factor
Year: 2007
Number: 17
ISSN / ISBN: ISSN: 0015-1920
Published in: Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 57(7-8), pp.382-399
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: attitude to risk, bankruptcy, financing, firm, soft budget constraint, uncertainty
JEL codes: D21, D81, G32
Suggested Citation:
Abstract: The paper examines the risk behavior of a competitive firm under price uncertainty. The model developed in the paper departs from Greenwald and Stiglitz (1993a), which singly implies risk-averse behavior. The incorporation of more general assumptions about a firm’s financing – access to the equity market, the possibility of a soft budget constraint – allows the identification of a broader range of determinants of a firm’s attitude toward risk and, hence, optimal output. The results indicate that price and technology are not the only important factors in a firm’s optimal output level, as is the case for the neoclassical firm. The model also demonstrates that a firm’s net worth position, managerial sensitivity to bankruptcy, access to capital market, budget constraint softness, and degree of uncertainty about future prices may play important roles toward optimal output considerations.

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