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Are Banks Risk-Averse?

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  • Yasuo Nishiyama

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    ({ennsylvania State University - Hazleton)

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    The paper investigates, and estimates, banks’ risk aversion that is factored into the spread between the interest rate on time deposits and the interest rate on non-time deposits. The estimation results indicate that the relative risk aversion coefficient estimates of individual banks fall between 0 and 1, but mostly around 0.2, thereby indicating that banks are risk-averse but close to being risk-neutral.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
    Pages: 471-490

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:33:y:2007:i:4:p:471-490

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    Keywords: Banks; Risk Aversion; Deposit Rate Rigidity;

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    Cited by:
    1. Ritz, R. A., 2012. "How do banks respond to increased funding uncertainty?," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1213, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
    2. Yasuo Nishiyama, 2006. "The Asian Financial Crisis and Investors’ Risk Aversion," Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 181-205, September.

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