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Wang, Chien-Chiang and Li, Yiting (2023): Anonymous credit.

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This paper studies credit using a search-theoretic model with anonymity in which traders cannot reveal their true identities to the public but can create transaction accounts as identities to borrow and store their trade histories. A transaction account that is used to borrow would be excluded from future transactions as a punishment when default occurs, but a defaulter can create a new account to trade again. We show that increasing-credit-limit schemes connected to account ages, as captured by accumulated repayment records, emerges endogenously to ensure debt repayment. We extend the model to consider a situation in which a trader may create multiple accounts to borrow and default intentionally. Requiring that proof of a deterrence activity is provided when an account is created can help deter multi-account fraud and enhance the lifetime value of traders.

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