On Ponzi schemes in infinite horizon collateralized economies with default penalties
Martins-da-Rocha, Victor-Filipe; Vailakis, Yiannis (2012), On Ponzi schemes in infinite horizon collateralized economies with default penalties, Annals of finance, 8, 4, p. 455-488. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10436-012-0209-y
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Journal nameAnnals of finance
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Abstract (EN)We show, by means of an example, that in models where default is subject to both collateral repossession and utility punishments, opportunities for doing Ponzi schemes are not always ruled out and (refined) equilibria may fail to exist. This is true even if default penalties are moderate as defined in Páscoa and Seghir (Game Econ Behav 65:270–286, 2009). In our example, asset promises and default penalties are chosen such that, if an equilibrium does exist, agents never default on their promises. At the same time collateral bundles and utility functions are such that the full repayment of debts implies that the asset price should be strictly larger than the cost of collateral requirements. This is sufficient to induce agents to run Ponzi schemes and destroy equilibrium existence.
Subjects / KeywordsCollateral; Default penalties; Ponzi schemes
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