Lowering borrowing costs for states and municipalities through CommonMuni

The authors present both a description of the current state of the municipal market and a specific proposal aimed at improving the way in which this market serves borrowers and investors. They propose the establishment of a nonprofit independent advisory firm—CommonMuni—that would reduce borrowing costs for municipalities and increase returns for investors by overcoming the difficulty individual municipalities and investors have in coordinating their actions and sharing market knowledge. CommonMuni would provide individualized advice, gather and disseminate information on bond issuers and transaction prices to increase transparency, and coordinate market participants to enhance liquidity in the municipal bond market.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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