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What Institutional Structure for the Lender of Last Resort?

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  • Itai Agur

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This paper develops a game theory model to analyze the optimal structure of the Lender of Last Resort in Europe. When depositors are imperfectly informed, the indifference to international transmission displayed by national authorities has value. A centralized authority, because it internalizes externalities, faces a pooling equilibrium. It cannot effectively signal the motivation behind its interventions. This leads to unnecessary depositor scares. The first-best is achieved by delegation: the central authority decides when to retain control and when to delegate to the national authorities. Central coordination dominates pure centralization.��Â

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 200.

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Keywords: Lender of Last Resort; Bailout; Delegation; Contagion; Centralization;

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  1. Friederike Niepmann & Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr, 2010. "Bank Bail-Outs, International Linkages and Cooperation," Economics Working Papers ECO2010/05, European University Institute.
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