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Overcoming Adverse Selection: How Public Intervention Can Restore Market Functioning

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  • Jean Tirole

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The paper provides a first analysis of market jump starting and its two-way interaction between mechanism design and participation constraints. The government optimally overpays for the legacy assets and cleans up the market of its weakest assets, through a mixture of buybacks and equity injections, and leaves the firms with the strongest legacy assets to the market. The government reduces adverse selection enough to let the market rebound, but not too much, so as to limit the cost of intervention. The existence of a market imposes no welfare cost. (JEL D82, D83, G01, G31, H81)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 102 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 29-59

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:102:y:2012:i:1:p:29-59

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  1. John Moore (The University of Edinburgh), 2013. "Contagious Illiquidity I: Contagion through Time," ESE Discussion Papers 231, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh.
  2. Itay Goldstein & Assaf Razin, 2013. "Three Branches of Theories of Financial Crises," NBER Working Papers 18670, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  6. Fuchs, William & Skrzypacz, Andrzej, 2013. "Costs and Benefits of Dynamic Trading in a Lemons Market," Research Papers 2133, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.

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