Is there a paradox of pledgeability?

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JournalJournal of Financial Economics
DateAccepted/In press - 18 Apr 2020
DatePublished (current) - 15 May 2020
Issue number3
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)606-611
Original languageEnglish


We show that in the limited-commitment framework of Donaldson, Gromb, and Piacentino (2019), firm value always increases in the fraction of cash flows that can be pledged as collateral. That is, pledgeability increases investment efficiency and relaxes a firm's financing constraint. We derive this conclusion using the same contracts considered by the authors and generalize the result to an arbitrary number of states. We also show that the first best can always be implemented by a nonstate-contingent secured debt contract, which differs from the ones they consider.

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    Research areas

  • Collateral, Secured debt, Pledgeability

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