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Entrepreneurial Risk Choice and Credit Market Equilibria

Heiner Schumacher
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Published Online: 2015-04-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2014-0160


We analyze under what conditions competitive credit markets are efficient in providing loans to entrepreneurs who can start a new project after failure. An entrepreneur of uncertain talent chooses the riskiness of her project. If banks privately observe the entrepreneur’s risk choices, two equilibria coexist: (1) an inefficient equilibrium in which the entrepreneur realizes a low-risk project and has no access to finance after failure and (2) a more efficient equilibrium in which the entrepreneur first realizes high-risk projects and then, after continuous failures, a low-risk project. There is a non-monotonic relationship between bank information and potential credit market inefficiency. We discuss the implications for credit registers and entrepreneurial education.

Keywords: stigma of failure; entrepreneurship; credit markets; asymmetric information

JEL: C73; G21; M13


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Published Online: 2015-04-10

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Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 1455–1480, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, ISSN (Print) 2194-6108, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2014-0160.

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