The Debate on Insider Trading

Noe, Thomas and Hu, Jie (1997) The Debate on Insider Trading. Economic Review, 82 (4). pp. 34-45.


Securities trading has generated some of the most sensational scandals in the popular business press. In one of the most publicized cases of insider trading, in the late 1980s Michael R. Milken and Ivan F. Boesky were sentenced to stiff prison terms and payment of enormous damage assessments and punitive penalties. However, at least among economists and legal scholars, insider trading remains a controversial economic transaction. A substantial body of academic and legal scholarship questions whether insider trading is even harmful, much less worthy of legal actions. ; The authors of this article explore the sources of the insider trading controversy and suggest a road map for blending the divergent scholarly opinions into a policy framework for regulating insider trading. They conclude that the divergence of opinion can be attributed primarily to disagreement over which effects of insider trading will have the most significant impacts on economic well-being. The voluminous literature suggests that designing effective policy on insider trading requires a detailed assessment of the structure of the economy, some sensitivity to cultural attitudes toward the appropriateness of such trading activity, and careful consideration of the enforcement costs associated with regulating trade.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Executives; Financial markets; Securities; Securities and exchange commission; finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2012 19:33
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2018 14:54
Funders: N/A

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