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Credit market frictions and political failure

Madhav S. Aney, Maitreesh Ghatak () and Massimo Morelli

Journal of Monetary Economics, 2016, vol. 81, issue C, 48-64

Abstract: We study how an excessively favorable regulatory environment for banks could arise even with a perfectly competitive credit market in a median voter world. In our occupational choice model with heterogeneous wealth endowments, market failure due to unobservability of entrepreneurial talent endogenously creates a misalignment between surplus maximizing reforms and reforms that are preferred by the median voter, who is a worker. This is in contrast to the world without market failure where the electorate unanimously vote in favor of surplus maximizing institutional reforms. This paper illustrates how market failure could lead to political failure even in the benchmark political system that is free from capture by interest groups.

Keywords: Occupational choice; Adverse selection; Property rights; Asset liquidation; Political failure; Market failure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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