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The “market for information” – functions, problems and policy proposals

John Holland (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK)

Qualitative Research in Financial Markets

ISSN: 1755-4179

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Problems arose in the “market for information” (MFI) during the “dot.com” boom, the Enron case, Northern Rock failure and during the great financial crisis (GFC) of 2007-2009. This paper aims to extend the understanding of the MFI through field research and theoretical sources. It also aims to understand the MFI during relatively stable periods and during periods of rapid change, crisis and failure. It seeks to use these insights to propose changes to reduce the possibilities for negative change and problems in the MFI.

Design/methodology/approach

Field studies are used to develop an “empirical narrative” for ongoing MFI structures, processes and outcomes during relatively stable periods. The paper develops a “theoretical narrative” to extend the understanding of the MFI empirical insights.

Findings

The paper reveals that the MFI structure that includes knowledge and social context is central to ongoing MFI economic processes for MFI agents. Outcomes include changes in markets, firms and others. Changes and problems are means to understand interactions between the MFI social structure, knowledge, actions and outcomes as they rendered visible the previously invisible issues.

Originality/value

The paper shows that a coherent combination of new empirical narrative and theoretical narrative is essential to develop a critical stance, new policy prescriptions and new regulations to deal with problems and changes in the MFI. This provides the frame to propose changes in the “world of knowledge” and in (concentrated and elite) social and economic structures in the MFI. It proposes: making explicit shared knowledge in the MFI, monitoring change processes and promoting active formal learning.

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Citation

Holland, J. (2017), "The “market for information” – functions, problems and policy proposals", Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 263-291. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRFM-11-2016-0045

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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