Price, Wage and Employment Response to Shocks: Evidence from the WDN Survey
Università di Torino - Dipartimento di Economia; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Bank of Estonia
De Nederlandsche Bank - Research Department
Banco de España
Banque de France
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7706
This paper builds a new dataset with detailed information on the universe of foreign government bonds issued in New York in the 1920s and uses these data to describe the behavior of the financial intermediaries which operated in the New York market during the period leading to the interwar debt crisis. The paper starts by showing that concerns over reputation played an important role in intermediaries' underwriting choices. Next, the paper checks whether banks managed to charge abnormal underwriting fees on bonds that would eventually default and finds no evidence of such practice (banksterism). The paper concludes by discussing some parallels between the experience of the 1920s and the current debate on the originate and distribute model.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: European Union, Labour-market institutions, Survey data, Wage bargaining
JEL Classification: J31, J38, P50working papers series
Date posted: March 1, 2010
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