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Optimal disclosure policy and undue diligence

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  • Andolfatto, David
  • Berentsen, Aleksander
  • Waller, Christopher

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Information about asset quality is often not disclosed to asset markets. What principles determine when a financial regulator should disclose or withhold information? We explore this question using a risk-sharing model with intertemporal trade and limited commitment. Information about future asset returns is available to society, but legislation dictates whether this information is disclosed or not. In our environment, nondisclosure is generally desirable except when individuals can access hidden information – what we call undue diligence – at sufficiently low cost. Ironically, information disclosure is desirable only when individuals have a strong incentive to discover it for themselves.

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  • Andolfatto, David & Berentsen, Aleksander & Waller, Christopher, 2014. "Optimal disclosure policy and undue diligence," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 149(C), pages 128-152.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:149:y:2014:i:c:p:128-152
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2013.02.003
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    Keywords

    Disclosure policy; Undue diligence; Risk-sharing; Intertemporal trade; Limited commitment;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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