CFDP 1461

Radical Financial Innovation


Publication Date: April 2004

Pages: 28


Radical financial innovation is the development of new institutions and methods that permit risk management to be extended far beyond its former realm, covering important new classes of risks. This paper compares past such innovation with potential future innovation, looking at the process that produced past success and the possibilities for future financial innovation.


Risk management, Institutions, Incomplete markets, Livelihood insurance, Behavioral finance, Livelihood risks, Home equity insurance, Country risks

JEL Classification Codes:  G10


Published in Eytan Sheshinski, Robert J. Strom and William J. Baumol, eds., Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the Growth Mechanism of the Free Market Economies, in Honor of William Baumol. Princeton University Press, 2006, pp. 306-323