Financial cooperation, through credit sharing and cosigning of debts, was a source of strength for Israel’s semi-cooperative moshavim in the early decades of their development. But such cooperation entails a potential ‘free-rider’ problem when farmers’ borrowings are uncoordinated, and recent events in Israel have demonstrated the severe implications it can have. This chapter presents a theoretical analysis of the externalities generated by financial cooperation, and tests its conclusions empirically using Israeli data. Simulation results indicate that the potential instability of financial cooperation is aggravated when the moshav population is heterogeneous.
|Title of host publication||Economic Analyses of Financial Crises|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||27|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)