Strong Financial Laws Without Strong Enforcement: Is Good Law Always Better than No Law?
Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2013, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 288-324
54 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2012 Last revised: 22 Apr 2013
Date Written: 2013
This paper examines whether strong laws are effective when regulatory institutions are weak. This has become especially relevant due to criticisms of financial market regulation in the US. I test the impact of imposing strong laws on a weak regulatory environment by using China’s principled reforms to market manipulation law as a natural experiment. The results from difference in difference tests suggest that China’s principled law reforms did not improve the market’s information environment, as proxied by the level of informed trade and information asymmetry. This implies that principled law reform is ineffective if the regulatory environment is weak.
Keywords: Regulation, Law Reform, Securities Law, Adverse Selection, Informed Trade, China, Securities Litigation
JEL Classification: G14, G18, H11, K22, K42
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