Investor protection and the Coasian view

Nittai K. Bergman, Daniel Nicolaievsky

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The corporate charters of a sample of Mexican firms show that private firms often significantly enhance the legal protection offered to investors, but public firms rarely do so. We construct a model that endogenizes the degree of investor protection that firms provide, using as a springboard the assumption that legal regimes differ in their ability to enforce precisely filtering contracts that provide protection only in those cases where expropriation can occur. Our model generates predictions about the types of contracts that would be employed and the levels of investor protection that would prevail across different legal regimes in both private and public firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-771
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate charters
  • Financial contracting
  • Investor protection


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