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Entrepreneurial Abilities and Liabilities in a Model of Self-Selection

  • Christophe Chamley

The role of the liability form as a signalling device is analyzed in a model of occupational choice (entrepreneurs, employees), with asymmetric information in loan markets about the abilities of entrepreneurs. The properties of the equilibrium are described. When factor prices are exogenous, the feasibility of limited liability is a Pareto improvement over a regime where there is only unlimited liability. This result does not hold when factor prices are endogenous.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 580.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jan 1981
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Publication status: Published in Bell Journal of Economics (Spring 1983), 14(1): 70-80
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:580
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