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Credit markets with imperfect information: Risk-aversion versus pessimism

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  • Arcand, Jean-Louis
  • McDonald, Stuart

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Stiglitz and Weiss (1981) credit rationing is embedded within rank dependent expected utility theory. Our results show that sufficient pessimism or sufficient risk-aversion by borrowers may eliminate adverse selection. Moreover, lender optimism may eliminate credit rationing even when adverse selection exists.

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  • Arcand, Jean-Louis & McDonald, Stuart, 2018. "Credit markets with imperfect information: Risk-aversion versus pessimism," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 165(C), pages 35-38.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:165:y:2018:i:c:p:35-38
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2018.01.029
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    Keywords

    Rank-dependent expected utility; Increasing risk; Risk-aversion; Credit rationing;
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    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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