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The political economy of moral hazard

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  • Jörg Guido Hülsmann
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    Conventional theory explains moral hazard as a consequence of information asymmetries. The present paper proposes an alternative approach. We argue that information asymmetries are just one among several causes of moral hazard and that they entail negative consequences for third parties only accidentally. By contrast, moral hazard also results from government interventionism. And in this case negative consequences are systematic and do result even in the absence of information asymmetries.

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    Article provided by University of Economics, Prague in its journal Politická ekonomie.

    Volume (Year): 2006 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 35-47

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    Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpol:v:2006:y:2006:i:1:id:544:p:35-47

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    Keywords: Moral hazard; political economy; information asymmetries; economic systems; Austrian economics;

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