Barter Credit: Warehouses as a Contracting Technology

60 Pages Posted: 5 May 2020

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Janis Skrastins

Washington University in St. Louis

Date Written: April 2, 2020


A large Brazilian agribusiness lender introduces a new contracting technology: grain warehouses. Using runner-up warehouse locations as a control group, I find that lenders' access to these warehouses permits a new debt contract, i.e. a barter credit repayable in grain, increases borrowers' debt capacity and lowers borrowing costs. The effects are stronger when price insurance is important, for municipalities with weaker courts, and for financially-constrained borrowers. Overall, evidence suggests that creditors alter their organizational design to mitigate credit market imperfections.

Keywords: Organizational Design, Warehouses, Output Storage, Barter Credit, Price Insurance, Credit Enforcement

JEL Classification: D23, G32, G33, L22, L25

Suggested Citation

Skrastins, Janis, Barter Credit: Warehouses as a Contracting Technology (April 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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