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Information sharing and information acquisition: Ownership and coverage


  • Artashes Karapetyan

    () (Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway))

  • Bogdan Stacescu

    (Norweian School of Business)


We examine the conditions required for the existence of private credit bureaus, their ownership and coverage. Our model implies that bank consortia will most likely be preferred by banks, but that they will lead to restricted coverage. Independent credit bureaus have higher coverage, but they require good institutions. This implies an important role for public credit registers in developing countries with weak institutions. Our empirical findings largely support the implications of our model.

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  • Artashes Karapetyan & Bogdan Stacescu, 2012. "Information sharing and information acquisition: Ownership and coverage," Working Paper 2011/23, Norges Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:bno:worpap:2011_23

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    Information sharing; Credit markets; Default; Adverse selection;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies

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