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Regulating Systemic Risk through Transparency: Trade-Offs in Making Data Public

In: Risk Topography: Systemic Risk and Macro Modeling

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  • Augustin Landier
  • David Thesmar

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Public or partial disclosure of financial data is a key element in the design of a new regulatory environment. We study the costs and benefits of higher public access to financial data and analyze qualitatively how frequency, disclosure lag and granularity of such open data can be chosen to maximize welfare, depending on the relative magnitude of economic frictions. We lay out a simple framework to choose optimal transparency of financial data.

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  • Markus K. Brunnermeier & Arvind Krishnamurthy, 2014. "Risk Topography: Systemic Risk and Macro Modeling," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number brun11-1, May.
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    1. Moreno, Diego & Takalo , Tuomas, 2012. "Optimal bank transparency," Research Discussion Papers 9/2012, Bank of Finland.

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