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A Stochastic Infinite-Horizon Economy with Secured Lending, or Unsecured Lending and Bankruptcy

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Modeling problems for a monetary economy are discussed and some examples are presented in the context of an infinite-horizon economy with one or two types of traders, who use fiat money to buy a single perishable consumption good. Three instances are considered, all with transactions in fiat money. The first model has no borrowing or lending. The second model permits both borrowing and lending, but all loans are secured. The third model has borrowing and unsecured lending, and takes into account the presence of debtors who are unable to honor their debts and go bankrupt. Borrowing and depositing take place through an outside bank, although in some circumstances a money market could be used instead. Conditions for different forms of lending are discussed. This is a survey of three technical papers, where the mathematical models are developed in detail and the proofs are supplied.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1156.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Aug 1997
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Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1156

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  1. Geanakoplos, J. & Karatzas, I. & Shubik, M. & Sudderth, W., 2000. "A strategic market game with active bankruptcy," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 359-396, November.
  2. Martin Shubik, 2000. "The Theory of Money," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1253, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  3. Lucas, Robert E, Jr, 1978. "Asset Prices in an Exchange Economy," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 46(6), pages 1429-45, November.
  4. Karatzas, Ioannis & Shubik, Martin & Sudderth, William D., 1997. "A strategic market game with secured lending," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 207-247, September.
  5. Shapley, Lloyd S & Shubik, Martin, 1977. "Trade Using One Commodity as a Means of Payment," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 85(5), pages 937-68, October.
  6. Martin Shubik & Shuntian Yao, 1989. "Gold, Liquidity and Secured Loans in a Multi-Stage Economy. Part II. Many Durables, Land and Gold," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 904, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
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