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The Ownership of the Firm, Corporate Finance, and Derivatives

Some Critical Thinking


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Finance book series (BRIEFSFINANCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kuo-Ping Chang
    Pages 1-9
  3. Kuo-Ping Chang
    Pages 23-37
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 75-76

About this book


This book clarifies several ambiguous arguments and claims in finance and the theory of the firm. It also serves as a bridge between derivatives, corporate finance and the theory of the firm. In addition to mathematical derivations and theories, the book also uses anecdotes and numerical examples to explain some unconventional concepts. The main arguments of the book are: (1) the ownership of the firm is not a valid concept, and firms’ objectives are determined by entrepreneurs who can innovate to earn excess profits; (2) the Modigliani-Miller capital structure irrelevancy proposition is a restatement of the Coase theorem, and changes in the firm’s debt-equity ratio will not affect equity-holders’ wealth (welfare), and equity-holders’ preferences toward risk (or variance) are irrelevant; (3) all firms' resources are options, and every asset is both a European call and a put option for any other asset; and (4) that a first or residual claim between debt and equity is non-existent while the first claim among fixed-income assets can actually affect the market values of these assets.


Coase theorem Corporate Finance Derivatives Finance and the Theory of the Firm Modigliani-Miller propositions Ownership of the firm

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.National Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchu CityTaiwan

About the authors

Dr. Chang is Honourable Emeritus Professor, Department of Quantitative Finance at National Tsing Hua University, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his PhD degree in Economics & Finance from University of Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Chang has been teaching microeconomics, mathematical economics, and mathematical finance in both economics and finance departments for many years. He has published various papers in leading journals of management science, economics and finance regarding productivity/efficiency analysis, regulatory economics, and quantitative finance.

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