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In Search of New Foundations

Luigi Zingales

NBER Working Paper No. 7706
Issued in May 2000
NBER Program(s):Corporate Finance

In this paper I argue that corporate finance theory, empirical research, practical applications, and policy recommendations are deeply rooted in an underlying theory of the firm. I also argue that while the existing theories have delivered very important and useful insights, they seem to be quite ineffective in helping us cope with the new type of firms that are emerging. I outline the characteristics that a new theory of the firm should satisfy and how such a theory could change the way we do corporate finance, both theoretically and empirically.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w7706

Published: Zingales, Luigi. "In Search Of New Foundations," Journal of Finance, 2000, v55(4,Aug), 1623-1653. citation courtesy of

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