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Credit limits and bankruptcy

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  • Mateos-Planas, Xavier
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    Credit cards offer a limit, rather than a specific loan size, at a pre-approved interest rate. This paper studies the determination of these credit limits jointly with default in the presence of one-period debt. I adapt the standard incomplete markets macroeconomic model of one-period unsecured debt with the optimal choice of credit limit. Endogenous limits and positive default coexist. A numerical exercise illustrates the consequences of various factors for indebtedness, credit limits, and bankruptcy.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 121 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 469-472

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:3:p:469-472

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    Keywords: Endogenous credit limits; Borrowing constraints; Bankruptcy; Default; Incomplete markets;

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    1. Xavier Mateos-Planas & Giulio Seccia, 2013. "Consumer Default with Complete Markets: Default-based Pricing and Finite Punishment," Working Papers 711, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance.

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