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Scarce collateral and bank reserves

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  • Faig, Miquel
  • Gagnon, Gregory

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If collateral for bank loans is scarce and, if as a result, access to secured loans is restricted, the allocation of resources is inefficient. In anticipation of future borrowing constraints, individuals over-invest in collateralized types of capital, and consume and invest inefficiently low levels while they are borrowing constrained. The dual counterpart of this misallocation of resources is inefficiently low interest rates. In this situation, bank reserves play a positive welfare role by adding liquidity to the economy and by increasing not only bank lending rates, but also, paradoxically, bank deposit rates. As a result, in economies with scarce collateral the optimal reserves-requirement ratio is positive.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 30 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 1723-1737

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:30:y:2008:i:4:p:1723-1737

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Keywords: Liquidity Borrowing constraints Collateral Banking Reserves;

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