Applied Economic Analysis of Information and Risk

  • 3h 11m
  • Iltae Kim, Moriki Hosoe
  • Springer
  • 2020

This book examines interesting new topics in applied economics from the perspectives of the economics of information and risk, two fields of economics that address the consequences of asymmetric information, environmental risk and uncertainty for the nature and efficiency of interactions between individuals and organizations. In the economics of information, the essential task is to examine the condition of asymmetric information under which the information gap is exploited. For the economics of risk, it is important to investigate types of behavior including risk aversion, risk sharing, and risk prevention, and to reexamine the classical expected utility approach and the relationships among several types of the changes in risk. Few books have ever analyzed topics in applied economics with regard to information and risk. This book provides a comprehensive collection of applied analyses, while also revisiting certain basic concepts in the economics of information and risk.

The book consists of two parts. In Part I, several aspects of applied economics are investigated, including public policy, labor economics, and political economics, from the standpoint of the economics of (asymmetric) information. First, several basic frameworks of the incentive mechanism with regard to transaction-specific investment are assessed, then various tools for market design and organization design are explored.

In Part II, mathematical measures of risk and risk aversion are examined in more detail, and readers are introduced to stochastic selection rules governing choice behavior under uncertainty. Several types of change in the random variable for the cumulative distribution function (CDF) and probability distribution function (PDF) are discussed. In closing, the part investigates the comparative static results of these changes in CDF or PDF on the general decision model, incorporating uncertain situations in applied economics.

About the Authors

Moriki Hosoe, Emeritus Professor, Kyushu University

Iltae Kim, Professor, Chonnan National University

In this Book

  • Introduction—Applied Economics of Information and Risk
  • Incomplete Contract, Transaction-Specific Investment, and Bargaining Power
  • Effectiveness of Mandatory Disclosure for Consumer Policy
  • Ex-Ante Regulation, Ex-Post Regulation, and Collusion
  • Effort Observability and Wage Promotion in an Internal Labor Market
  • Comparative Analysis of Politician-Bureaucratic Governance Structure and Citizens’ Preference
  • Representation and Warranty Clause and Disclosure of Information in Acquisitions
  • General Stochastic Dominance Rules
  • The Subclasses of First-Degree Stochastic Dominance (FSD) Shifts and Their Comparative Statics
  • The Subclasses of Rothschild and Stiglitz (R-S) Increases in Risk and Their Comparative Statics
  • Some Relationships among FSD Shifts and R-S Increases in Risk
  • Liability Sharing and the Role of Insurance for Environmental Accidents