pecking order


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in some species of birds and primates, the establishment of a graded dominance in members of a group by the use of aggression.

pecking order

the gradation of behavioural dominance between individuals in active groups of mammals and birds. The leader is dominant, and thus at the top of the ‘pecking order’ getting the best food and mates, the least dominant animal being at the bottom of the order. Birds often show bald patches where they have been pecked by dominant individuals.
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Contrary to the trade-off theory, the pecking order theory predicts a negative relationship between profitability and leverage because a profitable firm will have more retained earnings over a period of time.
The seminal paper by Shyam-Sunder and Myers (1999) introduces an empirical test for the pecking order theory.
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The Pecking Order is a fun read with a serious intent-both a study of the family and a symptom of our fascination with it.
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