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1 Akerlof (1970) shows how asymmetric information can create adverse selection and undermine market efficiency. Economic and legal institutions, such as auditors, underwriters, accountants, or used-car dealers, often emerge to limit adverse selection and allow markets to function. As a result, direct government interventions are usually unnecessary. If a(More)
This paper presents a model of securitization that highlights the link between information acquisition at the loan screening stage and liquidity in markets where securities backed by loan cashflows are sold. While information is beneficial ex-ante when used to screen loans, it becomes detrimental ex-post because it introduces a problem of adverse selection.(More)
Adverse selection is commonly used to explain trade inefficiencies in many markets. In this paper, we embed an informational asymmetry into a decentralized economy with heterogeneous capital and study its implications for aggregate dynamics in a general equilibrium environment. We show that the information friction leads to slow moving capital and(More)
We study the optimal incentive schemes for multistage projects. Staged financing, pervasive in both venture capital and research grants, arises as a feature of the optimal contract. The nature of progress plays an important role. When progress is tangible, incentives are provided through a series of deadlines and a reward scheme that decreases over time.(More)
We study information spillovers in a dynamic setting with privately informed traders and correlated asset values. A trade of one asset (or lack thereof) can provide information about the value of other assets. The information content of trading behavior is endogenously determined in equilibrium. We show that this endogeneity leads to multiple equilibria(More)
Motivated by the rise of social media, we build a model studying the effect of an economy's potential for social learning on the adoption of innovations of uncertain quality. Provided consumers are forward-looking (i.e. recognize the value of waiting for information), equilibrium dynamics depend non-trivially on qualitative and quantitative features of the(More)
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