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Financial Frictions, Investment Delay and Asset Market Interventions


  • Shouyong Shi
  • Christine Tewfik


We construct a dynamic macro model to incorporate financial frictions and investment delay. Investment is undertaken by entrepreneurs who face liquidity frictions in the equity market and a collateral constraint in the debt market. After calibrating the model to the US data, we quantitatively examine how aggregate activity is affected by a shock to equity liquidity and a shock to entrepreneurs' borrowing capacity. We then analyze the effectiveness of government interventions in the asset market after such financial shocks. In particular, we compare the effects of government purchases of private equity and of private debt in the open market. In addition, we examine how these effects of government interventions depend on the option to delay investment.

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  • Shouyong Shi & Christine Tewfik, 2013. "Financial Frictions, Investment Delay and Asset Market Interventions," Working Papers tecipa-501, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-501

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    1. Andrea Ajello, 2016. "Financial Intermediation, Investment Dynamics, and Business Cycle Fluctuations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 106(8), pages 2256-2303, August.
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    Financial frictions; Liquidity; Asset market interventions; Investment delay; Equity; Collateral.;

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    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets

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