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Bubbles and Constraints on Debt Accumulation

  • Kocherlakota, N.R.

It is commonly thought (Tirole, Econometrica50 (1982), 1163–1182) that bubbles cannot occur in deterministic sequential market economies with a finite number of infinitely lived agents. This paper shows that the constraint on debt accumulation which make possible the existence of equilibrium can cause bubbles. If agents face a wealth constraint, bubbles can exist if and only if the assest is in zero net supply. If agents face exogenous short sales constraints, bubbles can exists if and only if some agent's endowment grows at a rate larger than the rate of return and the short sales constraint binds that agent infinitely often.

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Paper provided by University of Iowa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 90-29.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 1990
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Handle: RePEc:uia:iowaec:90-29
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University of Iowa, Department of Economics, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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Web page: http://tippie.uiowa.edu/economics/

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  1. Shell, Karl, 1971. "Notes on the Economics of Infinity," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 79(5), pages 1002-11, Sept.-Oct.
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  3. Tirole, Jean, 1982. "On the Possibility of Speculation under Rational Expectations," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(5), pages 1163-81, September.
  4. Kocherlakota, N.R., 1990. "Bubbles and Constraints on Debt Accumulation," Working Papers 90-29, University of Iowa, Department of Economics.
  5. Woodford, Michael, 1986. "Stationary sunspot equilibria in a finance constrained economy," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 128-137, October.
  6. Tirole, Jean, 1985. "Asset Bubbles and Overlapping Generations," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 53(6), pages 1499-1528, November.
  7. Scheinkman, Jose A & Weiss, Laurence, 1986. "Borrowing Constraints and Aggregate Economic Activity," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 54(1), pages 23-45, January.
  8. Weil, Philippe, 1989. "Overlapping families of infinitely-lived agents," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 183-198, March.
  9. Wright, Randall D., 1987. "Market structure and competitive equilibrium in dynamic economic models," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 189-201, February.
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