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Enterprise Dynamics and Finance: Distinguishing Mechanism Design from Exogenously Incomplete Markets Models

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  • Robert M. Townsend

    (University of Chicago)

  • Alexander Karaivanov

    (Simon Fraser University)

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We formulate and solve a range of dynamic models of information-constrained credit markets that allow for moral hazard and unobservable investment. We compare them to the exogenously incomplete markets environments of autarky, saving only, and borrowing and lending in a single asset. We use computational methods based on mechanism design theory, linear programming, and maximum likelihood techniques to structurally estimate, compare and statistically distinguish among the competing theoretical models of credit market imperfections. Our methods can be applied with both cross-sectional and panel data and allow for measurement error and unobserved heterogeneity in initial conditions. The models match major stylized facts from the empirical literature on firm dynamics. We find that using consumption, cashflow and investment data jointly or using dynamic data improves the researcher's ability to distinguish across the various model regimes relative to using consumption or investment only data, especially in the presence of high measurement error. We also estimate our models using data on Thai households running small businesses. We find that the borrowing and saving only regimes provide the best fit when using joint data on consumption, cashflow and investment.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 846.

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  1. Sonia Ruano & Robert M. Townsend & Jesus Saurina & Alexander Karaivanov, 2010. "No Bank, One Bank, Several Banks: Does It Matter for Investment?," 2010 Meeting Papers 669, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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