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Title: How is moral hazard related to financing R&D and innovations?
Authors: Arslan-Ayaydin, Ozgur
Barnum, Darold
Karan, Mehmet Baha
Ozdemir, Atilla Hakan
Keywords: Research and development projects -- Economic aspects
Research and development projects -- Turkey
Technological innovations -- Turkey
Corporate governance -- Turkey
Moral hazard -- Turkey
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: University of Piraeus. International Strategic Management Association
Citation: Arslan-Ayaydin, O., Barnum, D., Karan, M. B., & Ozdemir, A. H. (2014). How is moral hazard related to financing R&D and innovations? European Research Studies Journal, 17(4), 111-131.
Abstract: This study investigates which corporate governance and firm-specific characteristics lead firms to be prone to ex-post moral hazard by misallocating the funds that they specifically borrowed for financing their R&D activities. We study 106 firms that received a specially designed loan by a Turkish government to be invested only in R&D and technological innovations. We find that as the size of the loan increases firms are less prone to moral hazard. For family firms our results support the agency theory. For large shareholders, initially our results are aligned with the agency theory but after controlling for the loan size our results hold for the stewardship theory. We also find that as amount of the loans increases relative to size of firms, the performance of projects financed by these loans plummets. Finally, we show that moral hazard related to R&D and innovation activities varies across industries.
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