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Limited Commitment, Firm Dynamics and Aggregate Fluctuations

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  • Alexander Monge-Naranjo

    (Northwestern University)

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Limitations in the punishment for default induce constraints in the credit of firms and a non-trivial dynamics for their growth. Those limitations can also shape the dynamic response of the overall economy in response to an aggregate shock. In this paper I consider a simple continuous time formulation of the optimal dynamic relationship between a banks and a firm and derive a simple and sharp characterization of the optimal contract, the implicit credit constraints (for an equivalent sequentail trading arrangment) and the implied firm dynamics. I analytically characterize the steady state firm size distribution and show how to solve the optimal contract under any arbitrary deterministic path of the economy-wide equilibrium prices. I use the results to study the aggregate response to interest rates and aggregate productivity fluctuations. I also study the output and welfare cost of limited commitment.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 964.

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  1. Lance J. Lochner & Alexander Monge-Naranjo, 2011. "The Nature of Credit Constraints and Human Capital," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(6), pages 2487-2529, October.

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