A Theory of Domestic and International Trade Finance

Author/Editor:

JaeBin Ahn

Publication Date:

November 1, 2011

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Summary:

This paper provides a theory model of trade finance to explain the "great trade collapse." The model shows that, first, the riskiness of international transactions rises relative to domestic transactions during economic downturns, and second, the exclusive use of a letter of credit in international transactions exacerbates a collapse in trade during a financial crisis. The basic model considers banks' optimal screening decisions in the presence of counterparty default risks. In equilibrium, banks will maintain a higher precision screening test for domestic firms and a lower precision screening test for foreign firms, which constitutes the main mechanism of the model.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/262

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Frequency:

Biannually

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463924607/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011262

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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