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A smoke screen theory of financial intermediation

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  • Breton, R.

This paper explores the role of diversification and size in protecting information. We present a simple two period credit market with a sophisticated lender faced with competitors who free ride on his screening activity. Absent commitment problems, the lender funds one borrower and exerts optimal evaluation. When borrowers cannot commit to a long term relationship, the free riding problem is responsible for too little evaluation. We show how this problem can be mitigated by simultaneously financing several borrowers. This effect provides a rationale for intermediaries as an `information garbling' device.

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Paper provided by Banque de France in its series Working papers with number 356.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2011
Handle: RePEc:bfr:banfra:356
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