Passive Creditors

CEFIR Working Paper

32 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2005

See all articles by Koen J. L. Schoors

Koen J. L. Schoors

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies (CERISE); Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of General Economics

Konstantin Sonin

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies; Higher School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

Creditors are often passive because they are reluctant to show bad debts on their own balance sheets. We propose a simple general equilibrium model to study the externality effect of creditor passivity. The model yields rich insights in the phenomenon of creditor passivity, both in transition and developed market economies. Policy implications are deduced. The model also explains in what respect banks differ from enterprises and what this implies for policy. Commonly observed phenomenons in the banking sector, such as deposit insurance, lender of last resort facilities, government coordination to work out bad loans and special bank closure provisions, are interpreted in our framework.

Keywords: creditor passivity, bankruptcy, arrears, bad loans, bank closure

JEL Classification: G21, G28, G33, P5

Suggested Citation

Schoors, Koen J. L. and Sonin, Konstantin, Passive Creditors (January 2005). CEFIR Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=392161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.392161

Koen J. L. Schoors (Contact Author)

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Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of General Economics ( email )

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Belgium
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Konstantin Sonin

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, 119017
Russia

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

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