The Future in Law and Finance
Inaugural Lecture for the Chair in Law and Finance at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, delivered on 26 April 2013
The success of a capitalist economy rests upon the ability of finance to sustain potentially
infinite growth, based on funding today the output of tomorrow. Finance, however, needs
rules. The aim of the law and finance scholarship is precisely to identify the best regulation
of finance to support economic growth.
Traditionally, law and finance is concerned with investor protection. That would be enough if the future was predictable. However, because the future is in fact uncertain, the prices of financial assets are flawed and in the short run they may result in serious mistakes, if not widespread crises. Although these mistakes are corrected in the long run, a lot of harm may occur in between.
Financial law should therefore to be concerned not only with investor protection, but also with mitigating the temporary excesses of markets in allowing or restricting access to finance. The challenge of this goal is to remedy market myopia without allowing policymakers to abuse the power of governments. However imperfect, prices remain the best instrument of discipline and growth in a market economy.
|JEL||Financing Policy; Capital and Ownership Structure (jel G32)|
|Publisher||Eleven International Publishing, The Hague|
|Series||ECGI Working Paper Series in Law|
|Journal||Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines|
Pacces, A.M. (2013, April 26). The Future in Law and Finance. Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines. Eleven International Publishing, The Hague. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/107036