Type of Document Dissertation Author Liu, Chung-shu URN etd-10242005-174015 Title Objectives and incentives in financial markets Degree PhD Department Economics Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Haller, Hans H. Committee Chair Eckel, Catherine C Committee Member Gilles, Robert P. Committee Member Kats, Amoz Committee Member Wang, Yong Committee Member Keywords
- Finance Mathematical models.
Date of Defense 1994-04-15 Availability restricted Abstract
This dissertation is a collection of papers investigating objectives and incentives in financial markets.
The first essay (Chapter 2) deals with the endogenous determination of credit history, credit-worthiness, loans and efforts by borrowers over time. A financial market with adverse selection and moral hazard is analyzed. Facing the adverse selection, lenders are not able to offer separate contracts to different types of borrowers. However, knowing borrowers' credit histories, lenders are able to assign different credit worthiness to borrowers that have different credit histories, and offer different contracts to different groups. It is shown that if borrowers' credit rating is too low, they make low effort to repay their debts. As a borrower acquires a good credit history and has his credit-rating upgraded above a certain point, it becomes worthwhile for him to choose high effort. A low quality borrower may make high effort in early periods in order to build up a good credit history and obtain better terms in the future contracts then shift back to the low effort even though his project continues to succeed when he approaches the end of his life.
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