What do Notaries do?. Overcoming Asymmetric Information in Financial Markets: The Case of Paris, 1751
AbstractUsing evidence from 18th century Paris, we explore how financial intermediaries resolved problems of asymmetric information in financial markets. The Parisian intermediaries were notaries, and after examining their role in asset markets, we develop a more general model of intermediaries' behavior and then test the model using a rich set of data from Paris. Institutions for disseminating information insured that intermediaries provided high quality service, and such institutions were central to the growth of asset markets in pre-industrial Europe.
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Volume (Year): 154 (1998)
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- Philip T. Hoffman & Gilles Postel-Vinay & Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, 1994. "What do Notaries do? Overcoming Asymmetric Information in Financial Markets: The Case of Paris, 1751," UCLA Economics Working Papers 719, UCLA Department of Economics.
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- G29 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Other
- N23 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - Europe: Pre-1913
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