EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Social Security Reform with Uninsurable Income Risk and Endogenous Borrowing Constraints

Juan Rojas () and Carlos Urrutia ()

Macroeconomics from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We study the aggregate effects of a social security reform in a large overlapping generations model where markets are incomplete and households face uninsurable idiosyncratic income shocks. We depart from the previous literature by assuming that, because of lack of commitment in the credit market, the borrowing constraint in the unique asset is endogenously determined by the agents' incentives to default on previous debts. We find that a model with exogenous borrowing constraints overestimates the positive e¤ect of reforming social security on the capital stock and the saving rate, compared to our model with endogenous borrowing limit. The reason is that, in the latter, the size of precautionary savings is smaller because after the reform the incentives to default on previous debts are lower and consequently households face more relaxed borrowing limits. Adding retirement accounts to the basic model does not change these conclusions, although the quantitative importance of endogenizing borrowing constraints is reduced.

Keywords: Social Security; Borrowing Constraints; Incomplete Marrkets; Income Risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2004-10-27
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ias
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 31
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (3) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://econwpa.ub.uni-muenchen.de/econ-wp/mac/papers/0410/0410010.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Social Security Reform with Uninsurable Income Risk and Endogenous Borrowing Constraints (2006) Downloads
Working Paper: Social Security Reform with Uninsurable Income Risk and Endogenous Borrowing Constraints (2004) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0410010

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Macroeconomics from University Library of Munich, Germany
Bibliographic data for series maintained by EconWPA ().

 
Page updated 2020-11-26
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0410010