Trends in Financial Innovation and Their Welfare Impact: An Overview
22 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2012
Date Written: September 2012
There is evidence that financial innovations are sometimes undertaken to create complexity and exploit the purchaser. Thus financial innovation does have a dark side. As far as the financial crisis is concerned, securitisation and subprime mortgages may have exacerbated the problem. However, financial crises have occurred in a very wide range of circumstances, where these and other innovations were not important. There is evidence that financial liberalisation has been more of a problem. There are many financial innovations that have had a significant positive effect including venture capital and leveraged buyouts and innovations to fund environmental and health improvements.
Keywords: dark side, financial crises, private equity
JEL Classification: G18, G20, G24
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