Show simple item record Straub, Ludwig Ulbricht, Robert 2017-09-20T11:04:08Z 2017-09-20T11:04:08Z 2017-03
dc.description.abstract We develop a theory of endogenous uncertainty where the ability of investors to learn about firm-level fundamentals declines during financial crises. At the same time, higher uncertainty reinforces financial distress of firms, giving rise to “belief traps" - a persistent cycle of uncertainty, pessimistic expectations, and financial constraints, through which a temporary shortage of funds can develop into a long-lasting funding problem for firms. At the macro-level, belief traps can explain why financial crises can result in long-lasting recessions. In our model, financial crises are characterized by high levels of credit misallocation, an increased cross-sectional dispersion of growth rates, endogenously increased pessimism, uncertainty and disagreement among investors, highly volatile asset prices, and high risk premia. A calibration of our model to U.S. micro data on investor beliefs explains a considerable fraction of the slow recovery after the 08/09 crisis.
dc.description.sponsorship The ADEMU Working Paper Series is being supported by the European Commission Horizon 2020 European Union funding for Research & Innovation, grant agreement No 649396.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries ADEMU Working Paper Series;65
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properlyattributed.
dc.subject.other Belief traps
dc.subject.other Credit crunches
dc.subject.other Dispersed information
dc.subject.other Endogenous uncertainty
dc.subject.other Internal persistence of financial shocks
dc.subject.other Resource misallocation
dc.title Endogenous uncertainty and credit crunches
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/649396
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