Does Finance Benefit Society?

45 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2015  

Luigi Zingales

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

Academics' view of the benefits of finance vastly exceeds societal perception. This dissonance is at least partly explained by an under‐appreciation by academia of how, without proper rules, finance can easily degenerate into a rent‐seeking activity. I outline what finance academics can do, from a research point of view and from an educational point of view, to promote good finance and minimize the bad.

Keywords: financial development, financial integration, rent seeking

JEL Classification: G00, 043

Suggested Citation

Zingales, Luigi, Does Finance Benefit Society? (January 1, 2015). Chicago Booth Research Paper No. 15-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2585194 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2585194

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