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Households' Deposit Insurance Coverage: Evidence and Analysis of Potential Reforms


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  • Kennickell, Arthur B
  • Kwast, Myron L
  • Starr-McCluer, Martha


It is often suggested that reducing deposit insurance would reduce problems of moral hazard in the banking industry. However, little is known about likely effects of proposed reforms on household depositors. This study uses data from the Survey of Consumer Finances to examine the characteristics of household depositors, particularly those with uninsured funds. The authors find that large depositors tend to have substantial shares of their assets in insured depositories, yet often fail to keep their holdings within insurance limits. Various explanations for these factors are considered. The authors also simulate the effects of proposed reforms on the pool of uninsured depositors. Copyright 1996 by Ohio State University Press.

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Article provided by Blackwell Publishing in its journal Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Volume (Year): 28 (1996)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 311-22

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Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:28:y:1996:i:3:p:311-22

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  1. Birchler, Urs W, 2000. "Bankruptcy Priority for Bank Deposits: A Contract Theoretic Explanation," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 13(3), pages 813-40.
  2. Arthur B. Kennickell & Myron L. Kwast, 1997. "Who uses electronic banking?," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 1997-35, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  3. Mark Flannery, 1999. "Modernizing Financial Regulation: The Relation Between Interbank Transactions and Supervisory Reform," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 101-116, December.
  4. Shizuka Sekita, 2005. "Does Depositors' Discipline by Households Exist? (in Japanese)," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 05-10, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).


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