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Firm Heterogeneity, Internal Finance, and 'Credit Rationing.'

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  • Calomiris, Charles W
  • Hubbard, R Glenn

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This paper assesses the role of internal net worth (holding constant investment opportunities) in the allocation of credit in the presence of asymmetric information in the capital market. The authors consider an economy in which both "symmetric-information" and "information-intensive" entrepreneurs seek funds from the capital market, and they develop a simple general equilibrium model of credit allocation. Their emphasis is on shocks to borrower net worth. Depending on levels of net worth, the symmetric-information allocation, a "credit collapse," or intermediate allocations are possible. The model yields predictions corresponding to accelerator effects on investment and output, as well as real effects of collateral redistributions. Copyright 1990 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Calomiris, Charles W & Hubbard, R Glenn, 1990. "Firm Heterogeneity, Internal Finance, and 'Credit Rationing.'," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 100(399), pages 90-104, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:100:y:1990:i:399:p:90-104
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