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Public enforcement of securities market rules: Resource-based evidence from the Securities and Exchange Commission

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  • Lohse, Tim
  • Pascalau, Razvan
  • Thomann, Christian

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We empirically investigate whether increases in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) budget have an effect on firms’ compliance behavior with securities market rules. Our study uses a dataset on the SEC's resources and its enforcement actions over a period beginning shortly after the Second World War and ending in 2010. We find that increases in the SEC's resources both improve compliance and lead to an increased activity level of the SEC. The higher level of compliance is reflected by a decrease in the numbers of enforcement cases. The increased activity level is reflected by a surge in the number of investigations conducted by the SEC.

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  • Lohse, Tim & Pascalau, Razvan & Thomann, Christian, 2014. "Public enforcement of securities market rules: Resource-based evidence from the Securities and Exchange Commission," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 197-212.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:106:y:2014:i:c:p:197-212
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2014.06.010
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    1. Thomann Christian, 2014. "Recent developments in Corporate Taxation in Sweden," Nordic Tax Journal, De Gruyter Open, vol. 2014(2), pages 195-214, November.
    2. Tim Lohse & Christian Thomann, 2015. "Are bad times good news for the Securities and Exchange Commission?," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 40(1), pages 33-47, August.

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    Keywords

    Public enforcement; Securities laws; Compliance; Securities and Exchange Commission; Budget;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law

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