Review of Accounting Studies

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 9–34 | Cite as

Capital budgeting using residual income maximization

  • Regina M. Anctil


This analysis provides theoretical support for the use of residual income. Economic theory states that capital investment should maximize the present value of incremental cash flow. When a firm is decentralized, coordinating the necessary information to determine optimal investment in the short run may be impossible. But the residual income maximizing choice can be coordinated using a simple transfer-pricing system. Under appropriate capitalization and depreciation policies, the residual-income maximization policy leads the firm to make suboptimal short-run investment decisions, yet these decisions still lead the firm to its long-run, presentvalue-maximizing capacity level.


Economic Theory Cash Flow Theory State Capital Investment Investment Decision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Regina M. Anctil
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  1. 1.Haas School of BusinessUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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