Adverse selection, slow-moving capital, and misallocation

William Fuchs, Brett Green*, Dimitris Papanikolaou

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Abstract

We embed adverse selection into a dynamic, general equilibrium model with heterogeneous capital and study its implications for aggregate dynamics. The friction leads to delays in firms' divestment decisions and thus slow recoveries from shocks, even when these shocks do not affect the economy's potential output. The impediments to reallocation increase with the dispersion in productivity and decrease with the interest rate, the frequency of sectoral shocks, and households' consumption smoothing motives. When households are risk averse, delaying reallocation serves as a hedge against future shocks, which can lead to persistent misallocation. Our model also provides a micro-foundation for convex adjustment costs and a link between the nature of these costs and the underlying economic environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-308
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Volume120
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

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Adverse selection
Misallocation
Reallocation
Risk-averse
Consumption smoothing
Divestment
Costs
Productivity
Household consumption
Microfoundations
Adjustment costs
Household
Hedge
Interest rates
Economic environment
Potential output
Sectoral shocks
Friction
Dynamic general equilibrium model
Impediments

Keywords

  • Adverse selection
  • Convex adjustment costs
  • General equilibrium
  • Misallocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management

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Fuchs, William ; Green, Brett ; Papanikolaou, Dimitris. / Adverse selection, slow-moving capital, and misallocation. In: Journal of Financial Economics. 2016 ; Vol. 120, No. 2. pp. 286-308.
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In: Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 120, No. 2, 01.05.2016, p. 286-308.

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