Internal Capital Markets and the Competition for Corporate Resources
J. OF FINANCE, Vol. 52 No. 1, March 1997
Posted: 20 Jan 1997
This paper examines the role of corporate headquarters in allocating scarce resources to competing projects in an internal capital market. Unlike a bank, headquarters has control rights that enable it to engage in "winner-picking"- -the practice of actively shifting funds from one project to another. By doing a good job in the winner-picking dimension, headquarters can create value even when it cannot help at all to relax overall firm-wide credit constraints. The model implies that internal capital markets may sometimes function more efficiently when headquarters oversees a small and focused set of projects.
JEL Classification: G31
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