Equilibrium Debt Financing
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, and NBER
Princeton University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
December 30, 2010
AFA 2011 Denver Meetings Paper
Building on Geanakoplos (2009), we study an equilibrium model of an asset market with cash-constrained optimists using their asset positions as collateral to raise debt financing. By using a general binomial setting with time-varying belief dispersion between agents, we highlight an asset's marketability as an important determinant of its collateral value. This is because the availability of secondary market trading allows creditors to sell seized collateral to other optimists with saved cash, which, in turn, not only boosts creditors' initial valuation of the collateral but also motivates optimists to save cash. Our model also establishes the maximum riskless short-term debt as the only debt contract used in the equilibrium and a risk-neutral representation of the equilibrium asset price and prices of debt contracts collateralized by the asset.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Keywords: Marketability, Collateral value, Debt maturity
Date posted: March 19, 2010 ; Last revised: March 12, 2012
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