Efficient Ex-Ante Stabilization of Firms

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Speaker:David Frankel, Iowa State University
Date: Friday 25 November 2016
Time: 15:30-17:00
Location: Matrix Lecture Theatre, Building One

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Abstract

Distressed …rms are vulnerable to ine¢ cient panic-based runs of their workers, suppliers, and customers. A policymaker may try to prevent such a run by pledging to
protect the interests of these stakeholders should a …rm cease to do business. However, this promise also enables the …rm to demand better terms of trade from its stakeholders, which blunts the policy’s e¤ectiveness. We show how to avoid such an adverse response by the use of partial, countercyclical insurance. Under certain conditions, such a scheme costlessly implements the …rst-best outcome in the limit as the stakeholders’ information becomes precise.