This paper develops a real options model of imperfect competition with asymmetric information that analyzes firms’ exit decisions. Optimal exit decision is linked to firm characteristics such as financial leverage and efficiency. The model shows that informational asymmetries can lead more efficient and less leveraged firms to leave the product market prematurely. It also demonstrates how firm efficiency can increase debt capacity relative to rival firms. The model also has implications for firm risk and asset returns. Specifically, the paper shows that, when there is information asymmetry among rivals, rival actions can have a ”news effect” that change a firm’s dynamic risk structure.
Efficiency and Firm Exit,; Real Options; Firm Leverage and Information Revelation; Oligopoly; Capital Structure
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2011 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Finance Association, 2011