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Creditworthiness and thresholds in a credit market model with multiple equilibria

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  • Lars Grüne


  • Willi Semmler
  • Malte Sieveking

The paper studies creditworthiness in a model with endogenous credit cost and debt constraints. Such a model can give rise to multiple candidates for steady state equilibria. We use new analytical techniques such as dynamic programming (DP) with flexible grid size to find solutions and to locate thresholds that separate different domains of attraction. More specifically, we (1) compute present value borrowing constraints and thus creditworthiness, (2) locate thresholds where the dynamics separate to different domains of attraction, (3) show jumps in the decision variable, (4) distinguish between optimal and non-optimal steady states, (5) demonstrate how creditworthiness and thresholds change with change of the credit cost function of the debtor and (6) explore the impact of debt ceilings and consumption paths on creditworthiness. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2005

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Article provided by Springer & Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) in its journal Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 25 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 287-315

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:25:y:2005:i:2:p:287-315
DOI: 10.1007/s00199-003-0442-8
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