Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Working Paper No. 15/2010
This article analyzes the economics of badmouthing in the context of the pre-1914 French capital market. We argue that badmouthing was a means through which racketeering journals sought to secure property rights over issuers' reputation. We provide a theoretical study of the market setup that emerged to deal with such problems, and we test our predictions using new evidence from contemporary sources.