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Asset prices, debt constraints and inefficiency

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  • Bloise, Gaetano
  • Reichlin, Pietro

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We consider (possibly non-stationary) economies with endogenous solvency constraints under uncertainty over an infinite horizon, as in Alvarez and Jermann (2000) [5]. A sort of Cass Criterion (Cass, 1972 [10]) completely characterizes constrained inefficiency under the hypothesis of uniform gains from risk-sharing (which is always satisfied in stationary economies when the autarchy is constrained inefficient). Uniform gains from risk-sharing also guarantee a finite value of the intertemporal aggregate endowment at a constrained optimum. Hence, no equilibrium exhibits a null interest rate in the long run. Finally, constrained inefficiency occurs if and only if there exists a feasible redistribution producing a welfare improvement at all contingencies.

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Volume (Year): 146 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 1520-1546

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Keywords: Private debt Solvency constraints Default Cass Criterion Asset prices Incomplete markets Constrained inefficiency Transversality condition;

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  1. Bidian, Florin & Bejan, Camelia, 2011. "Martingale properties of self-enforcing debt," MPRA Paper 36609, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 12 Feb 2012.
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