Kuniyoshi Saito, Daisuke Tsuruta, Friday, November 14, 2014 - 00:00
Marius Zoican, Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00
Daniel Bennett, Wes Yin, Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 00:00
Many drugs sold in poor countries are counterfeit or substandard, endangering patients’ health and fostering drug resistance. Since drug quality is difficult to observe, pharmacies in weakly regulated markets may have little incentive to improve quality. However, larger markets allow firms to reorganise production and invest in technologies that reduce the marginal cost of quality. This column discusses how the entry of a new pharmacy chain in India led incumbents to both cut prices and raise drug quality.
Alex Edmans, William Mann, Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 00:00
All firms need capital. Much research addresses the choice between issuing various types of securities – for example, between issuing debt and equity. However, another method of financing has received relatively little attention – selling non-core assets, such as property, divisions, or financial investments. This article explains the conditions under which an asset sale is the preferred means of raising capital, and highlights how a manager should go about deciding between selling assets and issuing securities.
Maitreesh Ghatak, Madhav Aney, Massimo Morelli, Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 00:00
Political economists study how distortions in political access can lead to policies that lead to market failures. The authors of CEPR DP8533 examine the reverse link, mapping out how market failures could create political cleavages which can then amplify the market failure by voting for bad policies.