Enlarging the Contracting Space: Collateral Menus, Access to Credit, and Economic Activity

Murillo Campello

Cornell University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Mauricio Larrain

Columbia University

November 12, 2015

Forthcoming, Review of Financial Studies

Recent reforms across Eastern European countries have given more flexibility and information to parties to engage in secured debt transactions. The menu of assets legally accepted as collateral was enlarged to include movable assets (e.g., machinery and equipment). Generalized difference-in-differences tests show that firms operating more movable assets borrowed more as a result. Those firms also invested more, hired more, and became more efficient and profitable following the changes in the contracting environment. The financial deepening we document triggered important reallocation effects: firms affected by the reforms increased their share of fixed assets and employment in the economy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Contractibility, collateral, capital structure, credit availability, real activity

JEL Classification: G32, K22, O16

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Date posted: November 22, 2013 ; Last revised: November 16, 2015

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Campello, Murillo and Larrain, Mauricio, Enlarging the Contracting Space: Collateral Menus, Access to Credit, and Economic Activity (November 12, 2015). Forthcoming, Review of Financial Studies. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2358183

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Murillo Campello
Cornell University ( email )
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United States
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )
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Mauricio Larrain (Contact Author)
Columbia University ( email )
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New York, NY 10027
United States

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