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Financial intermediation in the theory of the risk-free rate

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  • Marini, François
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    This paper constructs a general equilibrium model of the interaction between financial intermediaries and financial markets that sheds some light on the short-term volatility of real interest rates. The main findings of the paper are as follows. When financial intermediaries issue contingent (non-contingent) liabilities, an increase in the consumers' relative risk aversion coefficient decreases (increases) the interest rate. Also, the interest rate rises when capitalists are less risk-averse and financial intermediaries are hit by a liquidity shock.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 7 (July)
    Pages: 1663-1668

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:35:y:2011:i:7:p:1663-1668

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    Keywords: Financial intermediation Financial markets Liquidity preference Risk aversion Risk-free rate Risk sharing;

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