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Asymmetric information, bank lending and implicit contracts: the winner's curse

  • von Thadden, Ernst-Ludwig

The purpose of this note is to point out an error in a widely cited paper by Sharpe (1990) on long-term bank-firm relationships and to provide a correct analysis of the problem. The model studies repeated lending under asymmetric information which leads to winner's-curse type distortions of competition. Contrary to the claims in Sharpe (1990), this game only has an equilibriuim in mixed strategies, which features a partial informational lock-in by firms and random termination of lending relationships.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Finance Research Letters.

Volume (Year): 1 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 11-23

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Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:1:y:2004:i:1:p:11-23
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