NBER Working Paper No. 6309
Issued in December 1997
NBER Program(s):Corporate Finance
This essay summarizes my own personal view of what corporate governance is about. I" argue that it makes sense to discuss corporate governance only in an incomplete contract world. " In this world, the notion of corporate governance is intrinsically related to the definition of the" firm. In this respect, I review the shortcomings of the existing definitions of the firm and the" possible applications of the idea that the firm is a specific investments" introduced by" Rajan and Zingales (1997a and 1997b). I conclude discussing the limitations of the incomplete" contracts approach to corporate governance.
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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6309
Published: Newman, P. (ed.) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law. New York: Macmillan, 1998.