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Optimal Contracting and Insider Trading Restrictions

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Restrictions on trading by insider agents are analyzed using an optimal contracting framework. Prohibition of insider trading is shown to be Pareto preferred if, and only if, a revelation or moral hazard problem exists. If prohibition of insider trading is valuable, then trade registration with a delay is shown to be as valuable as a complete prohibition. Short-selling restrictions, however, are generally of less value than complete prohibition. Finally, regulation of insider agent trading by governmental institutions and/or professional associations is discussed. Copyright 1992 by American Finance Association.

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  • Fischer, Paul E, 1992. " Optimal Contracting and Insider Trading Restrictions," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 47(2), pages 673-694, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:47:y:1992:i:2:p:673-94
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    1. Campbell, John Y., 1987. "Stock returns and the term structure," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 373-399, June.
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    1. Narayanan, Ranga, 2000. "Insider trading and the voluntary disclosure of information by firms," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 395-425, March.
    2. Art Durnev & Amrita Nain, "undated". "The Unanticipated Effects of Insider Trading Regulation," American Law & Economics Association Annual Meetings 1023, American Law & Economics Association.
    3. Peter M. DeMarzo & Michael J. Fishman & Kathleen M. Hagerty, 1998. "The Optimal Enforcement of Insider Trading Regulations," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 106(3), pages 602-632, June.
    4. Dodd, Olga & Louca, Christodoulos & Paudyal, Krishna, 2015. "The determinants of foreign trading volume of stocks listed in multiple markets," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 38-61.
    5. Durnev, Art A. & Nain, Amrita S., 2007. "Does insider trading regulation deter private information trading? International evidence," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 15(5), pages 409-433, November.
    6. Andrea M. Buffa & Giovanna Nicodano, 2008. "Should Insider Trading be Prohibited when Share Repurchases are Allowed?," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, pages 735-765.
    7. Art A. Durnev & Amrita S. Nain, 2007. "The Effectiveness of Insider Trading Regulation: International Evidence," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 5(1), pages 10-15, 05.
    8. Vahe Lskavyan, 2015. "Insider regulation and the incentive to invest as an insider," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 16(3), pages 207-227, August.
    9. Maug, Ernst, 2002. "Insider trading legislation and corporate governance," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(9), pages 1569-1597, October.

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