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Joint Liability Borrowing and Suicide

  • Joe Chen

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Yun Jeong Choi

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Yasuyuki Sawada

    (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

This paper shows that joint liability borrowing may put too much pressure on the borrower, mainly through the stigma in case of repayment failure, and leads to a vexing outcome|the suicide of the borrower. We provide a model of joint liability borrowing which facilitates credit market transaction ex ante but may induce suicides ex post in the bad state. We introduce some supportive evidence from a suicide survey in Japan.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-534.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2007cf534
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  1. Ghatak, Maitreesh, 2000. "Screening by the Company You Keep: Joint Liability Lending and the Peer Selection Effect," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 110(465), pages 601-31, July.
  2. Kono, Hisaki, 2006. "Is Group Lending A Good Enforcement Scheme for Achieving High Repayment Rates?: Evidence from Field Experiments in Vietnam," IDE Discussion Papers 61, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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