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Selling Hope, Selling Risk: Corporations, Wall Street, and the Dilemmas of Investor Protection

Donald C. Langevoort


Today, in the midst of globalization, technological change, and economic anxiety, we have doubts about how well the task of investor protection is being performed, particularly by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Part of the explanation is economic and political: the failure to know the right balance between investor protection and capital formation. This book’s main claim, however, is that the task of regulation is frustrated at nearly every turn by human nature, as exhibited both on the buy side (investors) and sell side (corporate executives, bankers, stockbrokers). There is plenty o ... More

Keywords: investors, fraud, Securities and Exchange Commission, psychology, global financial crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190225667
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald C. Langevoort, author
Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School