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Endogenous credit limits with small default costs

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  • Azariadis, Costas
  • Kaas, Leo

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We analyze an exchange economy of unsecured credit where borrowers have the option to declare bankruptcy in which case they are temporarily excluded from financial markets. Endogenous credit limits are imposed that are just tight enough to prevent default. Economies with temporary exclusion differ from their permanent exclusion counterparts in two important properties. If households are extremely patient, then the first-best allocation is an equilibrium in the latter economies but not necessarily in the former. In addition, temporary exclusion permits multiple stationary equilibria, with both complete and with incomplete consumption smoothing.

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  • Azariadis, Costas & Kaas, Leo, 2013. "Endogenous credit limits with small default costs," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(2), pages 806-824.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:148:y:2013:i:2:p:806-824 DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2012.08.004
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    Keywords

    Bankruptcy; Endogenous solvency constraints;

    JEL classification:

    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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