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Who Listened? Unappreciated Teachings of New Institutional Economics Related to the Financial Crisis of 2008

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  • Rudolf Richter

    (Universität des Saarlandes, Wirtschaftswissen- schaften, Wirtschaftstheorie, Postfach 15 11 50, D-66041 Saarbrücken)

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Who was listening before the Financial Crisis of 2008 to Arrow’s warnings and the teachings of Coase? Due to transaction costs, incomplete foresight and bounded rationality not all risks that would be desirable to shift can be shifted through the market. Financial firms and other institutions take on part of the burden. To expand the frontier of risk trading requires institutional answers – in particular new forms of credible commitments. Improvements in information technology alone do not do the trick.

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  • Rudolf Richter, 2009. "Who Listened? Unappreciated Teachings of New Institutional Economics Related to the Financial Crisis of 2008," Credit and Capital Markets, Credit and Capital Markets, vol. 42(4), pages 473-486.
  • Handle: RePEc:kuk:journl:v:42:y:2009:i:4:p:473-486
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    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G29 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Other

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