Financial Innovation and Risk Sharing

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Franklin Allen and Douglas Gale have contributed substantially to the study of financial innovation, developing economic models to address the question of whether the market provides institutions and opportunities for individuals to share risks efficiently. In this book they assemble some of their key papers along with a five-chapter overview that not only synthesizes their work but provides a historical and institutional review and a discussion of alternative approaches as well.The lengthy overview surveys the ...

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Overview

Franklin Allen and Douglas Gale have contributed substantially to the study of financial innovation, developing economic models to address the question of whether the market provides institutions and opportunities for individuals to share risks efficiently. In this book they assemble some of their key papers along with a five-chapter overview that not only synthesizes their work but provides a historical and institutional review and a discussion of alternative approaches as well.The lengthy overview surveys the authors' approach to financial innovation,principally their development of a basic theory of risk sharing in an economy with incomplete markets. The first two chapters summarize the history of innovation and illustrate the types of innovation, innovators, and motives for innovation. Chapters three and four look at industrial organization approaches to innovation and outline the authors' theory. The fifth chapter discusses other approaches and an agenda for future research.

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The authors have contributed substantially to the study of financial innovation, developing economic models to address the question of whether the market provides opportunities and institutions for individuals to share risks efficiently. In this volume, they assemble some of their key papers, along with a five-chapter overview that not only synthesizes their work but also provides a historical and institutional review as well as a discussion of alternative approaches. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262514651
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Franklin Allen is the Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School,University of Pennsylvania.

Douglas Gale is Professor of Economics at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Financial Innovation: An Overview 1
2 History and Institutions 11
3 Industrial Organization Approaches to Innovation 45
4 An Outline of Our Theory 57
5 Other Approaches and Future Research 133
References to Chapters 1-5 149
II Models of Financial Innovation and Risk Sharing 155
6 Optimal Security Design 157
7 Arbitrage, Short Sales, and Financial Innovation 199
8 Incomplete Markets and Incentives to Set Up an Options Exchange 233
9 The Efficient Design of Public Debt 271
10 Standard Securities 309
11 The Changing Nature of Debt and Equity: A Financial Perspective 347
Index 375
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