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An Option-Based Model of Equilibrium Credit Rationing

  • Mason, R

This paper applies options theory to the model of equilibrium credit rationing developed by Stiglitz and Weiss (1981) by noticing that, given a standard debt contract and limited liability, the payoffs to the lender and the borrower when a loan is make involve a put option and a call option respectively. Information asymmetry is modelled using stochastic volatility option pricing methods.

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Paper provided by Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford in its series Economics Papers with number 128.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:nuf:econwp:128
Contact details of provider: Web page: http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/economics/

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  1. Webb, David C, 1991. "Long-term Financial Contracts Can Mitigate the Adverse Selection Problem in Project Financing," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 32(2), pages 305-20, May.
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  6. Ito, Takatoshi & Ueda, Kazuo, 1981. "Tests of the Equilibrium Hypothesis in Disequilibrium Econometrics: An International Comparison of Credit Rationing," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 22(3), pages 691-708, October.
  7. Martin, Christopher, 1990. "Corporate Borrowing and Credit Constraints: Structural Disequilibrium Estimates for the U.K," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 72(1), pages 78-86, February.
  8. Heston, Steven L, 1993. " Invisible Parameters in Option Prices," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 48(3), pages 933-47, July.
  9. Stein, Elias M & Stein, Jeremy C, 1991. "Stock Price Distributions with Stochastic Volatility: An Analytic Approach," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 4(4), pages 727-52.
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  11. Jaffee, Dwight M & Russell, Thomas, 1976. "Imperfect Information, Uncertainty, and Credit Rationing," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 90(4), pages 651-66, November.
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