The role of comparing in financial markets with hidden information

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Title: The role of comparing in financial markets with hidden information
ISBN: 952-462-256-4
Author: Niinimäki, Juha-Pekka ; Takalo, Tuomas ; Kultti, Klaus
Organization: Suomen Pankki
Series: Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers
ISSN: 1456-6184
Series year: 2006
Series number: 1/2006
Year of publication: 2006
Publication date: 1.1.2006
Published in: Published in Finnish Economic Papers, Volume 20, No. 2, 2007, Pages 91-107
Pages: 37 s.
Keywords: informaatio; rahoitus; luotot; pankkitoiminta; yrittäjät; riskit; yritykset; riskirahoitus;
JEL: G21; G24
Abstract: This paper studies how comparing can be used to provide information in financial markets in the presence of a hidden characteristics problem.Although an investor cannot precisely estimate the future returns of an entrepreneur's projects, the investor can mitigate the asymmetric information problem by ranking different entrepreneurs and financing only the very best ones.Information asymmetry can be eliminated with certainty if the number of compared projects is sufficiently large.Because comparing favours centralised information gathering, it creates a novel rationale for the establishment of a financial intermediary.Key words: asymmetric information, banking, corporate finance, financial intermediation, ranking, venture capital JEL classification numbers: G21, G24

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