A multi-period game theoretic model of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. (English) Zbl 1049.91023

Summary: This study examines the relationship between a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur and follows it from its inception to the exit stage. The model we use is a multi-period game theoretic model with moral hazard where the contract is set in the first period. The contribution of the study lies in the insights it provides on optimal contracts and its characterization of an endogenous exit point. Specifically, the paper shows that the optimal incentive scheme should backload all incentive payments to the entrepreneur as much as possible. Consequently, a straight debt contract would be optimal in venture financing.


91A20 Multistage and repeated games
91A40 Other game-theoretic models
91B28 Finance etc. (MSC2000)
91B40 Labor market, contracts (MSC2010)
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