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Moral Hazard and Information Sharing: A Model of Financial Information Gathering Agencies

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  • Marcia H. Millon

    (Boston College)

  • Anjan V. Thakor

    (Olin School of Business, Washington University)

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We propose a theory of information gathering agencies in a world of informational asymmetries and moral hazard. In a setting in which true firm values are certified by screening agents whose payoffs depend on noisy ex post monitors of information quality, the formation of information gathering agencies (groups of screening agents) is justified on two grounds. First, it enables screening agents to diversify their risky payoffs. Second, it allows information sharing. The first effect itself is insufficient despite the risk aversion of screening agents and the stochastic independence of the monitors used to compensate them.

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  • Marcia H. Millon & Anjan V. Thakor, 2004. "Moral Hazard and Information Sharing: A Model of Financial Information Gathering Agencies," Finance 0411024, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:0411024
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