Title

Leases with purchase options and double moral hazard

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Business Finance and Accounting

Publication Date

11-1-2006

Volume

33

Issue

9-10

First Page

1390

Last Page

1401

Keywords

eases with purchase options; double moral hazard

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explain why leases have a purchase option and how the exercise price of this option is determined. We follow Demski and Sappington's (1991) approach by using a double moral hazard setting. One limitation of their model is that the agent has unlimited liability. The agent has to have enough wealth and the obligation to buy the firm when the principal decides to exercise the put option. In our paper, this problem is resolved by using a call option, which is a feature of many lease contracts. We show that leases with a purchase option can completely resolve the double moral hazard problem even if all the variables in the model are unverifiable. It is the threat of being the residual claimant that induces the lessor to provide an efficient level of effort. On the other hand, it is the opportunity of being the residual claimant that induces the lessee to maintain the asset efficiently. Finally, the model predicts that certain leased assets are not properly accounted for under the current accounting standards for leasing.

DOI

10.1111/j.1468-5957.2006.00606.x

Print ISSN

0306686X

E-ISSN

14685957

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Recommended Citation

Chau, D. K. Y., Firth, M., & Srinidhi, B. (2006). Leases with purchase options and double moral hazard. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 33(9-10), 1390-1401. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5957.2006.00606.x