The Emergence and Persistence of the Anglo-Saxon and German Financial Systems
AbstractWe use a moral hazard model to compare monitored (nontraded) bank loans and traded (nonmonitored) bonds as sources of external funds for industry. We contrast the theoretical conditions that favor each system with the historical conditions prevailing when these financial systems evolved during the British and German industrial revolutions. To study persistence, we consider an entry model where financiers take the industrial structure as given when they lend and firms take the financial system as given when they borrow. We show multiple equilibria can exist, compare equilibria in welfare terms, and discuss their robustness to coordination between lenders and borrowers. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.
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- Sandeep Baliga & Ben Polak, 2001. "The Emergence and Persistence of the Anglo-Saxon and German Financial Systems," Economics Working Papers 0005, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science.
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