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A Model of Firm Behaviour with Equity Constraints and Bankruptcy Costs

  • Pedro Mazeda Gil

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    (Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto)

Based on Greenwald and Stiglitz (1988,1990), this work explores a simple model of microeconomic behaviour which incorporates the impact of capital markets imperfections generated by asymmetric information on firms’ optimal investment decision rules. In particular, this paper analyses how a specific form of asymmetric information problem (adverse selection) may imply lower investment than otherwise through the reduction of the firms’ ability to raise external financing – either in the form of credit rationing or the ‘voluntary’ reduction of firms’ borrowing activity. The natural follow-up to this work would be to formally show how a loan market where both contractual interest rates and loan sizes are (a priori) variable may be characterised by a credit rationing equilibrium.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 134.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2003
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Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:134
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  1. Bruce C. Greenwald & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 1990. "Macroeconomic Models with Equity and Credit Rationing," NBER Chapters, in: Asymmetric Information, Corporate Finance, and Investment, pages 15-42 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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