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The Theory of Credit Contracts

With a Focus on Group Lending


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. General Topics

  3. Contributions to Selected Topics

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 199-281

About this book


In this book Christian Prem features new innovations on several levels. On a conceptual level he presents a complete restructuring and modularisation of the field of lending theory. On a formal level he bestows great care on providing precise definitions and promotes notational standardisation. On a technical level the development of an algorithm to solve repayment games automatically is thoroughly documented. Eventually, new theoretic results on the performance of various credit schemes are established, the quality of existing lending schemes is scrutinised and new more efficient mechanisms are presented. The content therefore inspires theorists as well as it provides well-grounded advice to practitioners in the lending industry. Altogether this thesis is a major step towards improving the quality and applicability of lending theory.

  • A structural analysis of credit contract theory
  • The treatment of credit contract theory in the literature
  • A standardisation of credit contract theory
  • Joint liability and its potential to cause adverse selection instead of resolving it
  • The perverse effect of joint liability and its disappearance under adaptive punishment
  • Cross-reporting with zero equilibrium punishment load
Target Groups
  • Scholars and students in economics with a focus on finance
  • Scientists, lecturers, bank managers, loan officers, economic politicians 
The Author
Christian Prem, Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematics (University of Cambridge, UK).


Repayment game Joint liability Collateral Moral hazard Social sanctions Cross-reporting

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Universität RegensburgRegensburgGermany

About the authors

Christian Prem, Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematics (University of Cambridge, UK).

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