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Asset Purchase Bailouts and Implicit Guarantees

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This paper shows that bailouts of private agents can optimally take the form of asset purchases, even if this also means paying off external asset holders, in the presence of borrowing constraints and asymmetric information on liquidity needs. The combination of these two ingredients make direct compensation through loans and/or net transfers imperfect. Thus, when more constrained agents are also more exposed to the asset, the compensation through asset purchases becomes desirable. Anticipating these purchases, private agents engage in a collective bet on the defaulting asset, leading to an equilibrium implicit guarantee, where even an intrinsically worthless asset can be traded at a positive price.
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hal-01941541 , version 1 (01-12-2018)

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Eric Mengus. Asset Purchase Bailouts and Implicit Guarantees. 2017. ⟨hal-01941541⟩
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