Aggregate Restructuring and the Credit Market

21 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2007

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Raoul Minetti

Michigan State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 2007


We investigate the role of the credit market in an economy where firms can implement a mature technology or restructure their activity and adopt a new technology. We show that firms' collateral and credit relationships ease firms' access to credit and investment but can also inhibit firms' restructuring. When this occurs, a negative collateral shock squeezes collateral-poor firms out of the credit market but fosters the restructuring of collateral-rich firms, possibly through the breakdown of their credit relationships. We characterize conditions under which, through their effect on the price of collateral assets, the credit rationing of collateral-poor firms and the restructuring of collateral-rich firms reinforce or conflict with each other.

Keywords: Aggregate Restructuring, Collateral, Credit Relationships

JEL Classification: E44

Suggested Citation

Minetti, Raoul, Aggregate Restructuring and the Credit Market (February 2007). Available at SSRN: or

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