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shareholder wealth-maximization model of a firm

1. In the context of shareholder wealth-maximization model of a firm, what is the expected impact of each of the following events on the value of the firm?

a. New foreign competitors enter the market
b. Strict pollution control requirements are implemented by the government.
c. A previously nonunion workforce votes to unionize.
d. The rate of inflation increases substantially
e. A major technological breakthrough is achieved by the firm, reducing its cost of production.

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a. New foreign competitors enter the market

This would increase the firm's risk of doing business due to increased competition in its industry. So the firm's market value would decrease with increased uncertainty.

b. Strict pollution control requirements are implemented by the government.

This would require the firm to make extra investments which would be a financial burden. ...

Solution Summary

A major technological breakthrough is contextualized.

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