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Endogenous Debt Constraints in Lifecycle Economies

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  • Costas Azariadis
  • Luisa Lambertini

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We characterize competitive equilibria with perfect foresight in a deterministic, three-period pure-exchange overlapping generations economy with perfect information and no commitment to loan contracts. Commitment is replaced by an enforcement mechanism that excludes defaulters from asset markets for one period. For hump-shaped endowment profiles, young individuals face endogenous debt constraints that ration current consumption. Changes in current and future yields affect these constraints, inducing an additional income effect on rationed household demand that makes current and future consumption complements. This mechanism can lead to multiple steady states, persistent indeterminacy and regime switching. We show that sensitivity to shocks and complex dynamic behaviour are consistent with endogenous debt limits but not with exogenous liquidity constraints. Copyright The Review of Economic Studies Limited, 2003.

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Volume (Year): 70 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (07)
Pages: 461-487

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  1. Costas Azariadis & Leo Kaas, 2004. "Endogenous Financial Development and Multiple Growth Regimes," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2004/08, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
  2. Papagni, Erasmo, 2008. "The Long-run Effects of Household Liquidity Constraints and Taxation on Fertility, Education, Saving and Growth," MPRA Paper 12793, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Fernández-Villaverde, Jesús & Krueger, Dirk, 2011. "Consumption And Saving Over The Life Cycle: How Important Are Consumer Durables?," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(05), pages 725-770, November.
  4. Costas Azariadis & Luisa Lambertini, 2002. "Excess Asset Returns with Limited Enforcement," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(2), pages 135-140, May.
  5. Costas Azariadis & Leo Kaas, 2012. "Endogenous Credit Limits with Small Default Costs," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2012-17, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
  6. James Bullard, 2012. "Death of a theory," Speech 190, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
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  9. Antinolfi, Gaetano & Prasad, Suraj, 2008. "Commitment, banks and markets," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 265-277, March.
  10. DE LA CROIX, David & MICHEL, Philippe, 2004. "Education and growth with endogenous debt constraints," CORE Discussion Papers 2004074, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  11. Karine Gente & Miguel León-Ledesma & Carine Nourry, 2013. "External Constraints and Endogenous Growth: Why Didn't Some Countries Benefit from Capital Flows?," Working Papers halshs-00822385, HAL.
  12. Orrego, Fabrizio, 2011. "Habit formation and sunspots in overlapping generations models," Working Papers 2011-013, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú.
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