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The effects of reconstruction finance corporation assistance on Michigan's banks' survival in the 1930s

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  • Calomiris, Charles W.
  • Mason, Joseph R.
  • Weidenmier, Marc
  • Bobroff, Katherine

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We examine the effects of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation's (RFC) loan and preferred stock programs on bank failure rates in Michigan during the period 1932–1934, which includes the important Michigan banking crisis of early 1933 and its aftermath. Using a new database on Michigan banks, we employ probit and survival duration analysis to examine the effectiveness of the RFC's loan program (the policy tool employed before March 1933) and the RFC's preferred stock purchases (the policy tool employed after March 1933) on bank failure rates.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Explorations in Economic History.

Volume (Year): 50 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 526-547

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Handle: RePEc:eee:exehis:v:50:y:2013:i:4:p:526-547

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Keywords: Reconstruction Finance Corporation; Great Depression; Banking crises;

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  1. Money for Nothing? Banking Failure and Public Funds in Michigan in the early 1930s
    by sebastianfleitas in NEP-HIS blog on 2012-10-19 13:23:30
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  1. James L. Butkiewicz, 2013. "Eugene Meyer and the German Influence on the Origin of U.S. Federal Financial Rescues," Working Papers 13-09, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
  2. Bernd Schwaab, 2013. "Discussion of Bank Funding and Financial Stability," RBA Annual Conference Volume, in: Alexandra Heath & Matthew Lilley & Mark Manning (ed.), Liquidity and Funding Markets Reserve Bank of Australia.

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