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Regulatory competition and rules/principles-based regulation

Frantz, Pascal and Instefjord, Norvald (2018) Regulatory competition and rules/principles-based regulation. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 45 (7-8). 818 - 838. ISSN 0306-686X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jbfa.12313


This paper analyses how regulatory competition affects principles‐based and rules‐based systems of regulation. Competition between regulators creates the possibility of regulatory arbitrage that generates a race to the bottom by regulators that is socially harmful. We derive the welfare effects of such competition and the regulatory response to these effects, in particular, regulatory harmonisation. We find, however, that regulators can adopt harmful regulatory harmonisation. These effects can make coordination efforts in developing global regulation socially desirable. We demonstrate, moreover, that corporate lobbying is not always harmful: it can both encourage and discourage socially desirable regulation.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Blackwell Publishing
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G28 - Government Policy and Regulation
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 16:55
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 02:52

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