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The role of interest rate taxes in credit markets with divisible projects and asymmetric information

de Meza, David and Webb, David C. (1989) The role of interest rate taxes in credit markets with divisible projects and asymmetric information. Journal of Public Economics, 39 (1). pp. 33-44. ISSN 0047-2727

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Abstract

This paper assumes that entrepreneurs have divisible projects with random payoffs. However, managerial skill is unobservable to outsiders. Projects are assumed to be financed through debt. A pooling equilibrium is shown to exist in which good and bad entrepreneurs sell debt at the same price. If both types of entrepreneur have a positive probability of bankruptcy, project scale will be too large. This provides a prima facie case for raising interest rates and hence the cost of capital through taxation. If in equilibrium only the poor entrepreneurs go bankrupt, there is an outlying possibility that interest rates are too low and a subsidy is called for.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescriptio...
Additional Information: © 1989 Elsevier
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Finance
Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 11:11
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35628/

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