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A Model of Collateral
November, 16th 2018 (12:00-13:30)
Room B - 1st floor

Makoto Watanabe ((VU Amsterdam Timbergen Institute)

Riccardo Faini CEIS Seminars

This paper presents a simple equilibrium model in which collateralized credit emerges endogenously. Individuals cannot commit to the use of collateral as a guarantee of repayment, and both lenders and borrowers have incentives to renege. Our theory provides a micro-foundation to justify the borrowing constraints that are widely used in the existing macroeconomic models. We explain why assets are often used as collateral, rather than as a means of payment, why there is a tradeoff in assets between return and liquidity, and what kinds of assets are useful as collateral.

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