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Signalling, Productivity, and Investment

Jahrgang 175 () / Heft 3, S. 459-501 (43)
Publiziert 02.04.2019

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This paper studies the effect of inter-entrepreneurial productivity variation on investment under asymmetric information and signalling in the credit market. When productivity is not sufficiently dispersed, safe-type entrepreneurs face borrowing constraints and might under- or overinvest relative to the social optimum. Reversals in the order of productivities cause large fluctuations in investment and output. Better economic conditions, expansionary monetary policy, and decreasesin default probabilities do not always boost investment and welfare. When the model is extended to allow for endogenous occupational choice, would-be safe-type entrepreneurs might inefficiently select to become workers.

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