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A Reconsideration of the Stiglitz-Weiss Model with a Discrete Number of Borrower Types

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  • Susanne Steger
  • Helke Waelde

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In this paper we show that the equilibrium in the Stiglitz-Weiss model (Stiglitz and Weiss, 1981) is a two-interest rate equilibrium. For this we use the true return-function for banks shown by Arnold (2005), the assumption of Bertrand competition and make a consideration for a discrete number of borrowers. Rationing only affects one group of the borrowers, i.e. the borrowers with a safe project. The risky group always receives the funds it demands.

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  • Susanne Steger & Helke Waelde, 2007. "A Reconsideration of the Stiglitz-Weiss Model with a Discrete Number of Borrower Types," Working Papers 028, Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE).
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    Keywords

    credit rationing; asymmetric information; adverse selection;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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