Revisiting Overborrowing and its Policy Implications

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Gianluca Benigno

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics; Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Huigang Chen

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Chris Otrok

University of Missouri; Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Alessandro Rebucci

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Eric R. Young

University of Virginia

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Date Written: July 2010

Abstract

This paper analyzes quantitatively the extent to which there is overborrowing (i.e., inefficient borrowing) in a business cycle model for emerging market economies with production and an occasionally binding credit constraint. The main finding of the analysis is that overborrowing is not a robust feature of this class of model economies: it depends on the structure of the economy and its parametrization. Specifically, underborrowing in a production economy is found with the baseline calibration, but overborrowing with more impatient agents and more volatile shocks. Endowment economies display overborrowing regardless of parameter values, but they do not allow for policy intervention when the constraint binds (in crisis times). Quantitatively, the welfare gains from implementing the constrained-efficient allocation are always larger near crisis times than in normal ones. In production economies, they are one order of magnitude larger than in endowment economies both in crisis and normal times. This suggests that the scope for economy-wide macro-prudential policy interventions (e.g., prudential taxation of capital flows and capital controls) is weak in this class of models.

Suggested Citation

Benigno, Gianluca and Benigno, Gianluca and Chen, Huigang and Otrok, Christopher and Rebucci, Alessandro and Young, Eric R., Revisiting Overborrowing and its Policy Implications (July 2010). IDB Working Paper No. 60, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1817295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1817295

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