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Bubbles and Credit Constraints

  • Jianjun Miao


    (Department of Economics, Boston University, CEMA, Central University of Finance and Economics, and AFR, Zhejiang University)



    (Department of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, ClearWater Bay, Hong Kong.)

We provide an infinite-horizon model of a production economy with credit-driven stock- price bubbles, in which firms meet stochastic investment opportunities and face credit constraints. Capital is not only an input for production, but also serves as collateral. We show that bubbles on this reproducible asset may arise, which relax collateral constraints and improve investment efficiency. The collapse of bubbles leads to a recession and a stock market crash. We show that there is a credit policy that can eliminate the bubble on firm assets and can achieve the efficient allocation.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number WP2011-031.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2011-031
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