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This paper provides a taxonomy of market imperfections built around the economic forces underlying them. Market imperfections affect virtually every transaction in some way, generating costs which interfere with trades that rational individuals make, or would make in the absence of the imperfection. Understanding these costs gives us insight regarding the total costs of transactions, where to place them, or whether to undertake them at all. Market imperfections also generate profit opportunities for entrepreneurs. Institutions or individuals that can lower costs that trace to imperfections have a competitive advantage and can earn economic rents — at least until competing firms adapt. Imperfections can and do change over time, but they collectively never go to zero. Identifying and solving the underlying business problems linked to these imperfections remains an ongoing challenge — and opportunity.

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Article provided by Capco Institute in its journal Journal of Financial Transformation.

Volume (Year): 14 (2005)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 107-117

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Handle: RePEc:ris:jofitr:0952

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Keywords: Imperfections; frictions; intermediaries;

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  1. Balazs Egert & Ronald MacDonald, 2006. "Monetary Transmission Mechanism in Transition Economies: Surveying the Surveyable," CESifo Working Paper Series 1739, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Coricelli, Fabrizio & Égert, Balázs & MacDonald, Ronald, 2006. "Monetary transmission mechanism in Central and Eastern Europe: Gliding on a wind of change," BOFIT Discussion Papers 8/2006, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
  3. Qingshuo Song & G. Yin & Chao Zhu, 2010. "Utility Maximization of an Indivisible Market with Transaction Costs," Papers 1003.2930, arXiv.org.
  4. Fabrizio Coricelli & Balázs Égert & Ronald MacDonald, 2006. "Monetary Transmission Mechanism in Central & Eastern Europe: Gliding on a Wind of Change," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp850, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

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