The Theory of Corporate Finance / Edition 1

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Overview

"Using a single elementary model Tirole brings out with refreshing ease an unsuspected unity and simplicity in a field that might otherwise be perceived as dishearteningly fragmented and complex. This masterful book will be a formidable teaching tool at the graduate level and an essential reference for research in corporate finance."--Marco Pagano, Professor of Economics, University of Naples Federico II

"The field of corporate finance has developed rapidly and extensively in the last twenty years, but those who want to teach it face a barrier: the absence of a widely accepted textbook. Jean Tirole's book fills that gap. Applying his celebrated analytical and expositional skills, Tirole synthesizes and unifies the field in a clear and accessible manner, emphasizing particularly the connections between corporate finance and contract theory and the role of incentives and control in firms' financial decisions. The result is a book that will be an important resource for students and teachers alike."--Oliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics, Harvard University

"With this book, Tirole has provided a comprehensive treatment of modern corporate finance theory in one place with one integrated framework. As a bonus, he also describes many of the important empirical results in corporate finance and how they relate to the theories. The book will be a valuable asset to students (and professors) of corporate finance."--Steve Kaplan, Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

"This is a remarkable book. Theoretical work in corporate finance over the past thirty or so years has yielded a bewildering array of individual models, yet Tirole manages to give a beautifully clear and unified treatment of the field. There is a real coherence both within and across the chapters, and one is in many places able to see the close connection between topics that are ordinarily treated as being distinct. The book will no doubt be the standard reference for researchers and students in corporate finance for many years to come."--Jeremy C. Stein, Harvard University

"Jean Tirole, one of the preeminent economists of his generation, has put together the first integrated treatise of modern corporate finance theory. He succeeds in unifying the dispersed theories on financial and ownership structure, building on his excellence in information economics and contract theory. The book should be required reading for any Ph.D. course in corporate finance."--Arnoud W. A. Boot, University of Amsterdam and Centre for Economic Policy Research

"The Theory of Corporate Finance is a towering achievement. Jean Tirole's vision is exhaustive, systematic and original. The major findings of the last two decades are recast in a unified framework, describing the multiple levels of contracting relationships created by firms' financial decisions. The book offers a significant number of new insights and it will have a profound impact on our understanding of corporate finance."--Antoine Faure-Grimaud, Professor of Finance, London School of Economics

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement - Rudi Bogni
Impeccably systematized. . . . Tirole's book will have a prominent place in my library, and I am sure that I shall have plenty of occasions to refer to its authority in the future. It fully deserves a 'buy' rating.
Economic Journal - David Webb
Jean Tirole has provided the profession with its first comprehensive, advanced treatment of corporate finance theory. . . . [T]he overall result is far from idiosyncratic and it will have a major impact upon teaching and research in corporate finance.
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Honorable Mention for the 2006 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Finance & Economics, Association of American Publishers

"A magnificent new book. . . . This is far more than the mere textbook it purports to be; it has a plausible claim to be the first truly comprehensive overview of corporate finance by an economist."--The Economist

"Impeccably systematized. . . . Tirole's book will have a prominent place in my library, and I am sure that I shall have plenty of occasions to refer to its authority in the future. It fully deserves a 'buy' rating."--Rudi Bogni, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Jean Tirole has provided the profession with its first comprehensive, advanced treatment of corporate finance theory. . . . [T]he overall result is far from idiosyncratic and it will have a major impact upon teaching and research in corporate finance."--David Webb, Economic Journal

Times Higher Education Supplement
Impeccably systematized. . . . Tirole's book will have a prominent place in my library, and I am sure that I shall have plenty of occasions to refer to its authority in the future. It fully deserves a 'buy' rating.
— Rudi Bogni
Economic Journal
Jean Tirole has provided the profession with its first comprehensive, advanced treatment of corporate finance theory. . . . [T]he overall result is far from idiosyncratic and it will have a major impact upon teaching and research in corporate finance.
— David Webb
The Economist
A magnificent new book. . . . This is far more than the mere textbook it purports to be; it has a plausible claim to be the first truly comprehensive overview of corporate finance by an economist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691125565
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Tirole is Director of the Foundation Jean-Jacques Laffont-Toulouse School of Economics, and Scientific Director of the Institut d'Economie Industrielle at the University of Social Sciences in Toulouse, one of Europe's leading centers for the study of economics. He also holds a visiting position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a past president of the Econometric Society and the European Economic Association. Tirole is the author or coauthor of eight books, including "Financial Crises, Liquidity, and the International Monetary System" (Princeton), "The Theory of Industrial Organization, Game Theory" (with Drew Fudenberg), and "A Theory of Incentives in Procurement and Regulation" (with Jean-Jacques Laffont). In 2007, Tirole won the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and was awarded the Medaille d'or de CNRS.

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Table of Contents

1 Corporate governance 15
2 Corporate financing : some stylized facts 75
3 Corporate financing and agency costs 111
4 Some determinants of borrowing capacity 157
5 Liquidity and risk management, free cash flow, and long-term finance 199
6 Corporate financing under asymmetric information 237
7 Topics : product markets and earnings manipulations 283
8 Investors and voice : passive and active monitoring 331
9 Leading relationships and investor activism 355
10 Control rights and corporate governance 387
11 Takeovers 425
12 Consumer liquidity demand 447
13 Credit rationing and economic activity 471
14 Mergers and acquisitions, and the equilibrium determination of asset values 497
15 Aggregate liquidity shortages and liquidity asset pricing 517
16 Institutions, public policy, and the political economy of finance 535
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