Wei Cui () and
No 1716, Discussion Papers from Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM)
Recessions are often accompanied by spikes of corporate default and prolonged declines of business credit. This paper argues that credit and default cycles are the outcomes of variations in self-fulfilling beliefs about credit market conditions. We develop a tractable macroeconomic model in which leverage ratios and interest spreads are determined in optimal credit contracts that reflect the expected default risk of borrowing firms. We calibrate the model to evaluate the impact of sunspots and fundamental shocks on the credit market and on output dynamics. Self-fulfilling changes in credit market expectations trigger sizable reactions in default rates and generate endogenously persistent credit and output cycles. All credit market shocks together account for about 50% of the variation of U.S. output growth during 1982-2015.
Keywords: Firm default; Financing constraints; Credit spreads; Sunspots (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E22 E32 E44 G12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dcm, nep-dge, nep-fdg, nep-mac and nep-rmg
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://www.centreformacroeconomics.ac.uk/Discussio ... MDP2017-16-Paper.pdf (application/pdf)
Working Paper: Default cycles (2017)
Working Paper: Default Cycles (2017)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:cfm:wpaper:1716
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Discussion Papers from Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Martin Hannon ().