Stock Market Regulation in the Pacific Basin: Lessons from U.S. Experience
Pacific-Basin Capital Markets Research, Vol. 1, 1990
11 Pages Posted: 23 May 2006
This paper surveys some of the prevalent theories of stock market regulation (market failure and public choice.) The validity of generalizing U.S. regulatory experience to the markets of other nations depends on which, if any, of these popular theories holds. No convincing evidence exists to support market failure. Hence, the scientific basis for generalizing U.S. experience to other markets is limited. The negative lesson is that imitation of U.S. regulation does not necessarily improve the general welfare. Observed regulation depends on interest groups. Not only is there no ideal model to follow, but no such ideal exists. The paper reviews important phenomena that any positive theory of regulation is confronted with. It provides detailed criticisms of the SEC and reviews Benston's strong critique of mandatory disclosure.
Keywords: stock market regulation, SEC, mandatory disclosure, market failure, public choice theory
JEL Classification: K22, G28, G38
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