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Wealth transfers and the role of collateral when lifetimes are uncertain

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  • Abdelkrim Seghir

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    (American University of Beirut, Economics Department)

  • Juan Pablo Torres-Martinez

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    (Department of Economics PUC-Rio)

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We develop a general equilibrium model of wealth transfers in the presence of uncertain lifetimes and default. Without introducing exogenous debt constraints, agents are allowed to make collateral-backed promises at any state of their life span.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics PUC-Rio (Brazil) in its series Textos para discussão with number 527.

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Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:rio:texdis:527

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Keywords: Uncertain lifetimes; Collateralized Assets; Donations; Wills.;

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Cited by:
  1. Ferreira, Thiago Revil T. & Torres-Martínez, Juan Pablo, 2009. "The impossibility of effective enforcement mechanisms in collateralized credit markets," MPRA Paper 13781, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Barnett, Richard C. & Bhattacharya, Joydeep & Bunzel, Helle, 2013. "Deviant Generations, Ricardian Equivalence, and Growth Cycles," Staff General Research Papers 12939, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  3. Rubén Poblete-Cazenave & Juan Torres-Martínez, 2013. "Equilibrium with limited-recourse collateralized loans," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 53(1), pages 181-211, May.
  4. Seghir, Abdelkrim & Salem, Sherif, 2010. "In nitely-lived agents via two-sided altruism," MPRA Paper 31379, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Michael Magill & Martine Quinzii, 2014. "Prices and Investment with Collateral and Default," Working Papers 143, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.

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