A Model of Collateral
Riccardo Faini Ceis Seminars
venerdì 16 novembre 2018 h. 12:00-13:30
Room B - 1st Floor – Building B
Facolta' di Economia
Universita' degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata'
Via Columbia 2, Roma
Makoto Watanabe ((VU Amsterdam Timbergen Institute)
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.