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Essential reading for professional investors, risk managers,regulators, central bankers, and real estate professionals, Riskin the Global Real Estate Market: International RiskRegulation, Mechanism Design, Foreclosures, Title Systems,and REITs takes an international look at the ways inwhich U.S.-style constitutional laws, financial laws, and realestate laws in various countries affect global economics and risk;and analyzes specific constraints that deter market developmentsuch as Asset Liability Matching, inappropriate financial products,land title systems, inefficient constitutions and human biases.

The sub-prime mortgage crisis (that began around 2006) and theGlobal Financial Crisis of 2007–2010 disrupted the economiesof various countries and exposed many of the psychological, social,and economic problems inherent in the legal/risk infrastructure formortgages, land title systems, REITs, securitization, and pensions.In this remarkable new book, Michael Nwogugu explains how theseprocesses and statutes are unconstitutional and inefficient, andhow they influence demand for housing, real estate prices,retirement savings, household wealth, consumer disposable income,marriage opportunities, job markets, crime, and regional economicgrowth. The resulting major economic and public health problemshave continued to reduce the quality-of-life of nations, andcontinue to cause permanent declines in wealth, increases in crimeand delinquency, high divorce rates, depression, and inadequate jobcreation, among other problems. The book examines a range offields—including mechanism design, psychology, risk finance,and corporate governance;  and emphasizes Constitutionaleconomics as a distinct dimension of risk analysis.

Risk in the Global Real Estate Market makes a compellingcase about how constitutional torts increase information asymmetry,transaction costs, agency problems, and compliance costs, as wellas inefficiency in real estate transactions. These problems, thebook argues, are not unique to the United States, but also affectCommonwealth countries and other nations that have developedregulations that are similar to, or are based on U.S. commercial,securities, and or constitutional laws.

Risk in the Global Real Estate Market presents a novelanalysis of the sub-prime crisis (that first began in 2006), thefailure of securitization (CMBS/MBS) markets, the Global FinancialCrisis, and socio-economic problems caused by traditional mortgagesand securitization. The book reveals that many of the statutes andprocesses that define mortgages, foreclosures, securitization, andREITs in the United States (and many common-law countries andnations that have adopted American-style real estate regulations)are fundamentally unconstitutional and inefficient, and havelasting negative effects on consumer psychology, the demand forreal estate, price discovery in property markets, economic growth,and quality of life. The book examines the nature of constitutionaltorts and property rights as the foundation for businesstransactions and economic growth within the context of riskregulation, interstate commerce, takings, and legislation.

Risk in the Global Real Estate Market introduces newtheories of consumer psychology and institutional dynamics in realestate transactions; presents new theories of takings, and alsosurveys psychology/psychiatry studies (based on data from variouscountries) that confirm the harmful effects of mortgages,securitization, and foreclosures. Using elements of mechanismdesign, Michael Nwogugu develops new efficient financial products(Mortgage-Alternatives products), and presents a policy frameworkfor a unified “Mortgage-Alternatives” market for theCEE/CIS region and China. He also explains why Asset LiabilityMatching hinders lending, capital formation and risk management,especially in developing countries.

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