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El Embriague Financiero: Una Visión Alternativa de Amplificación Bancaria

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  • Elías Albagli
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    This paper develops a model that explains the amplification of negative shocks faced by an economy through its banking system, but with a different grip as the standard financial accelerator theory. When a bank faces insolvency, it has incentives to continue sub-optimal projects in its portfolio, retarding or clutching the necessary process of creative destruction, which leads to sluggish economic performance. Considering three sectors, asymmetric information and agency problems, it is shown how the original magnitude of a generalized adverse shock can be amplified by the banking sector. The motivation of this study is provided by the current symptoms of the Japanese banking sector and the Chilean experience of the early 80´s debt crisis. These episodes show clear signals that validate the mechanisms identified by the theory, and suggest some measures to face crisis periods on a proper manner.

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    Paper provided by Central Bank of Chile in its series Working Papers Central Bank of Chile with number 207.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:chb:bcchwp:207

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    1. Anil K. Kashyap, 2002. "Sorting Out Japan's Financial Crisis," NBER Working Papers 9384, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Huang, H. & Xu, C., 2000. "Financial Institutions, Financial Contagion, and Financial Crises," Papers 21, Chicago - Graduate School of Business.
    3. Edward J. Frydl & Marc Quintyn, 2000. "The Benefits and Costs of Intervening in Banking Crises," IMF Working Papers 00/147, International Monetary Fund.
    4. Zender, Jaime F, 1991. " Optimal Financial Instruments," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 46(5), pages 1645-63, December.
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