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The Effectiveness of Britain's Financial Service Authority: An Economic Analysis

  • Colin Beardsley

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    (ICMA Centre, Unversity of Reading)

  • John R. O'Brien

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    (Tepper School of Business, Carnegle Mellon University, USA)

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    Sweeping regulatory reforms in Britain resulted in the formation of the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Because greater transparency of information is a major objective for this Act, shifting from one information system to another has re-distributive effects. We identify these effects at a sector level and their drivers at the firm level. At a sector level, FSA has generally increased the precision of investors’ priors reducing the information risk component of the cost of capital. At a firm level, large firms act as “Stackelberg leaders” in voluntary disclosure games. FSA regulation shifts power from leaders to “followers”.

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    Length: 59 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2004
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