Trust, reputation and law: the evolution of commitment in investment banking

Morrison, Alan and Wilhelm, William (2013) Trust, reputation and law: the evolution of commitment in investment banking. Working Paper.

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Abstract

We discuss the commitment mechanisms that underpin social orderings. We categorize commitments in relationships along a hierarchy that runs from the most extra-legal to the most legally intensive devices. Commitment devices are chosen in light of their social, legal and technological contexts. Changes to these contexts therefore change the social order and, in extremis, can cause significant social dislocation. We use a new new dataset of underwriting syndicates between 1933 and 2008 to argue that financial market have experienced such a dislocation. We discuss the policy implications of this dislocation with specific reference to cases in securitization and M&A markets.

Item Type: Other Working Paper
Keywords: investment banking
Subject(s): Finance
Centre: Faculty of Finance
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 08:51
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:08
Funders: not applicable
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5376

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