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Recourse loans and Ponzi schemes
M.R. Páscoa,
Published in Springer New York LLC
2019
Volume: 70
   
Issue: 2
Pages: 527 - 550
Abstract
Non-recourse borrowing leaves no room for Ponzi schemes, as shown by Araujo et al. (Econometrica 70:1613–1638, 2002). This is not the case with recourse loans, for which, in the event of default and on top of the foreclosure of the collateral, the debtor’s estate can be seized or (in a way common in the GE literature) the debtor can suffer utility penalties. We focus on the latter and show that infinite horizon equilibrium with recourse exists in some interesting cases: (1) if utility penalties are low enough and the collateral does not yield utility (for example, when it is a productive asset or a security) or (2) for a nominal promise backed by real collateral (such as mortgages, whose payments are not tied to a commodity price index). © 2019, The Author(s).
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JournalData powered by TypesetEconomic Theory
PublisherData powered by TypesetSpringer New York LLC
ISSN9382259
Open AccessNo
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