Effi Benmelech

Refereed Publications

1. “Do Liquidation Values Affect Financial Contracts? Evidence from Commercial Zoning Laws,”
(with Mark Garmaise and Toby Moskowitz), Quarterly Journal of Economics, (2005), 120 (3)
1121-1154.

2. “Human Capital and the Productivity of Suicide Bombers,” (with Claude Berrebi), Journal of
Economic Perspectives, (2007), 21 (3) 223-238.

3. “Liquidation Values and the Credibility of Financial Contract Renegotiation: Evidence from U.S. Airlines,” (with Nittai Bergman), Quarterly Journal of Economics, (2008) 123(4) 1635-1677.

4. “Asset Salability and Debt Maturity: Evidence from Nineteenth-Century American Railroads,”
Review of Financial Studies, (2009), 22(4) 1545-1583.

5. “Collateral Pricing,” (with Nittai Bergman), Journal of Financial Economics, (2009), 91(3) 339-
360.

6. “The Alchemy of CDOs’ Credit Ratings,” (with Jennifer Dlugosz) , Journal of Monetary
Economics, (2009) 56(5) 617-634.

7. “The Political Economy of Financial Regulation: Evidence from U.S State Usury Laws in the 19th
Century
,” (with Toby Moskowitz), Journal of Finance, (2010) 65(3) 1029-1073.

8. “The Credit Ratings Crisis,” (with Jennifer Dlugosz) NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2009 161-
207.

9. “The Economic Cost of Harboring Terrorism,” (with Claude Berrebi and Esteban Klor), Journal
of Conflict Resolution, (2010) 54 331-353.

10. “Stock-Based Compensation and CEO (Dis)Incentives,” (with Eugene Kandel and Pietro
Veronesi), ), Quarterly Journal of Economics, (2010), 125(4) 1769-1820.

11. “Vintage Capital and Creditor Rights,” (with Nittai Bergman), Journal of Financial Economics,
(2011) 99(2) 308-332.

12. “Bankruptcy and the Collateral Channel,” (with Nittai Bergman). Journal of Finance, (2011)
66(2) 337-378.

13. “Economic Conditions and the Quality of Suicide Terrorism,” (with Claude Berrebi and Esteban
Klor), Journal of Politics, (2012), 74 113-128.

14. “Negotiating with Labor under Financial Distress,” (with Nittai Bergman and Ricardo
Enriquez), Review of Corporate Finance Studies, (2012), 1(1) 28-67.

15. “Securitzation without Adverse Selection: The Case CLOs,” (with Victoria Ivashina and
Jennifer Dlugosz), Journal of Financial Economics, (2012), 106(1) 28-67.

16. “Credit Traps,” (with Nittai Bergman), American Economic Review, (2012), 106(2) 3004-3032.

17. “An Empirical Analysis of the Fed’s Term Auction Facility,” CATO Papers on Public Policy,
(2012), 2 57-91.

18. “Does Short-Term Debt Increase the Vulnerability to Crisis? Evidence from the East Asian
Financial Crisis
,” (with Eyal Dvir), Journal of International Economics, (2013), 89 485-494.

19. “Repossession and the Democratization of Credit,” (with Juliano Assuncao and Fernando
S. S. Silva) Review of Financial Studies, (2014), 27(9) 2661-2689.

20. “Military CEOs,” (with Carola Frydman), Journal of Financial Economics, (2015) 117(1) 43-59

21. “Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions,” (with Claude Berrebi and Esteban Klor) Journal of Politics, (2015), 77(1) 27-43.

22. “The Real Effects of Liquidity During the Financial Crisis: Evidence from Automobiles,” (with Ralf Meisenzahl and Rodney Ramcharan). Quarterly Journal of Economics, (2017), 132(1): 317-365.

23. “Credit Market Freezes,” (with Nittai Bergman) NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2017.


Other Publications
24. “The Credit Rating Crisis,” NBER Reporter, (2010), 1 8-10.

25. Discussion of Ramseyer and Rasmusen’s “Can the Treasury Exempt its Own Companies from
Tax? The $45 Billion GM NOL Carryforward
,” CATO Papers on Public Policy, (2011), 43-46.

26. Discussion of Patrick Bolton’s Corporate Finance, Incomplete Contracts, and Corporate Control", in The Impact of Incomplete Contracts on Economics, edited by Philippe Aghion, Mathias Dewatripont, Patrick Legros, and Luigi Zingales, Oxford University Press, (2016).


Working Papers

“Making the House A Home: The Stimulative Effect of Home Purchases on Consumption and Investment.” 2017, (with Adam Guren and Brian Melzer)

Financial Frictions and Employment During the Great Depression.” 2017, (with Carola Frydman and Dimitris Papanikolaou).

What Explains the Flow of Foreign Fighters to ISIS?,” 2016, (with Esteban Klor).

Financing Labor,” 2015, (with Nittai Bergman and Amit Seru).

"The Agglomeration of Bankruptcy," 2015 (with Nittai Bergman, Anna Milanez and Vladimir Mukharlyamov).

Did the Community Reinvestment Act lead to Risky Lending?” 2012, (with Sumit Agarwal,
Nittai Bergman and Amit Seru).


Work in Progress

Finance and Unemployment,” (with Nittai Bergman and Amit Seru).

The Financial Crisis of 1873 and 19th Century American Corporate Governance,” (with Michael
Bordo).

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