Shareholder Wealth Maximization and Social Welfare: A Utilitarian Critique

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Many scholars and managers endorse the idea that the primary purpose of the !rm is to make money for its owners. This shareholder wealth maximization objective is justi!ed on the grounds that it maximizes social welfare. In this article, the !rst of a two-part set, we argue that, although this shareholder primacy model may have been appropriate in an… (More)

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