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Three essays on Joseph Stiglitz and information

Author: Mgr. Martin Pospíšil
Year: 2009 - summer
Leaders: doc. Ing. Pavel Mertlík CSc.
Consultants:
Work type: Economic Theory
Masters
Language: English
Pages: 102
Awards and prizes: M.A. with distinction from the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for an excellent state-final examination performance.
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Abstract: This thesis contains three essays related to the work of economist Joseph Stiglitz. The first essay describes the contribution of Stiglitz to economic theory by analyzing problems of information asymmetry, new Keynesian and institutional economics, rationality, and market theories. Shortcomings of neoclassical economics are described and
possible solutions are outlined. The last part of this is essay summarizes the main critique
to Stiglitz.

The second essay applies the topic of information asymmetry by discussing whether the current level of economic development leads to convergence or divergence in the technology and information levels. The conclusion is that even though globalization affects the level of technology and information, we do not see convergence as predicted by several theoretical models and information asymmetry remains an important element in the
economy.

The last essay links the Stiglitz-Greenwald theory of credit rationing using recent Czech data from years 2008 and 2009. Data confirm that credit rationing increases,
information asymmetry increases, and the transmission mechanism does not function well during economic decline. I conclude that Czech banks increase their screening of clients and consequently credit rationing in the times uncertainty leading to ambiguous development of interest rates. Recent Czech data confirm Stiglitz-Greenwald monetary theory.
Downloadable: Diploma Thesis of Pospíšil
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