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Wealth transfers and the role of collateral when lifetimes are uncertain

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  • Abdelkrim Seghir

    () (American University of Beirut, Economics Department)

  • Juan Pablo Torres-Martinez

    () (Department of Economics PUC-Rio)

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We develop a general equilibrium model of wealth transfers in the presence of uncertain lifetimes and default. Without introducing exogenous debt constraints, agents are allowed to make collateral-backed promises at any state of their life span.

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  • Abdelkrim Seghir & Juan Pablo Torres-Martinez, 2006. "Wealth transfers and the role of collateral when lifetimes are uncertain," Textos para discussão 527, Department of Economics PUC-Rio (Brazil).
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    1. Seghir, Abdelkrim & Salem, Sherif, 2010. "In nitely-lived agents via two-sided altruism," MPRA Paper 31379, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Ferreira, Thiago Revil T. & Torres-Martínez, Juan Pablo, 2010. "The impossibility of effective enforcement mechanisms in collateralized credit markets," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 332-342, May.
    3. Richard Barnett & Joydeep Bhattacharya & Helle Bunzel, 2013. "Deviant generations, Ricardian equivalence, and growth cycles," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 52(1), pages 367-396, January.
    4. Rubén Poblete-Cazenave & Juan Torres-Martínez, 2013. "Equilibrium with limited-recourse collateralized loans," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 53(1), pages 181-211, May.
    5. Athanasios Geromichalos & Jiwon Lee & Seungduck Lee & Keita Oikawa, 2014. "Over-the-Counter Trade and the Value of Assets as Collateral," Working Papers 143, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
    6. Magill, Michael & Quinzii, Martine, 2015. "Prices and investment with collateral and default," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 111-132.

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    Keywords

    Uncertain lifetimes; Collateralized Assets; Donations; Wills.;

    JEL classification:

    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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