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An Exploration of Competitive Signalling Equilibria with "Third Party" Information Production: The Case of Debt Insurance

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  • Thakor, Anjan V

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In markets in which sellers know more about product quality than buyers, but cannot convey their superior information either by directly issuing costly signals of the Spence type or by successfully funding the production of information, I suggest another way in which the informational asymmetry problem can be resolved; a third party can produce the necessary information at a cost and use it to price a service consumed by the sellers. Buyers can then observe a seller's choice of service consumption level and be well informed in equilibrium. In this framework I construct a model in which a borrower's choice of insurance coverage signals its default probability to lenders, and explore the properties of the resulting signalling equilibrium in a variety of cases.

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Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal Journal of Finance.

Volume (Year): 37 (1982)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 717-39

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:37:y:1982:i:3:p:717-39

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Cited by:
  1. Timothy Riddiough, 2001. "Intermediation, Standardization and Learning in Financial Markets: Some Evidence and Implications," Wisconsin-Madison CULER working papers 01-09, University of Wisconsin Center for Urban Land Economic Research.
  2. Wayne L. Lee & Anjan V. Thakor & Gautam Vora, 2004. "Screening, Market Signalling, and Capital Structure Theory," Finance 0411023, EconWPA.
  3. Gautam Goswami & Martin Grace & Michael Rebello, 2008. "Experimental evidence on coverage choices and contract prices in the market for corporate insurance," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 11(1), pages 67-95, March.

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