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Joint liability borrowing and suicide: The case of Japan

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  • Chen, Joe
  • Choi, Yun Jeong
  • Sawada, Yasuyuki

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This paper develops a model for joint liability borrowings that facilitates credit market transactions ex ante, but may induce the borrower's suicide ex post through the stigma associated with default. A Japanese suicide survey provides some supportive evidence.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 109 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 69-71

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:109:y:2010:i:2:p:69-71

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Keywords: Joint liability Suicide Stigma;

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