de Meza, David and Webb, David C. (2003) The near impossibility of credit rationing. Discussion paper, 459. Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
Download (297Kb) | Preview
Equilibrium credit rationing in the sense of Stiglitz and Weiss (1981) implies the marginal cost of funds to the borrower is infinite. So borrowers have an overwhelming incentive to cut their loan by a dollar and thereby avoiding being rationed. Ways of doing this include scaling down the project, cutting consumption or infinitesimally delaying the project to accumulate more saving. All of these routes are normally feasible in which case credit rationing is impossible.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2003 The Authors|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
|Sets:||Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Collections > Economists Online
Actions (login required)
|Record administration - authorised staff only|