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Contagion and bank failures during the Great Depression: the June 1932 Chicago banking panic

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  • Charles W. Calomiris
  • Joseph R. Mason

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The authors examine the social costs of asymmetric-information-induced bank panics in an environment without government deposit insurance. Their case study is the Chicago bank panic of June 1932. The authors compare the ex ante characteristics of panic failures and panic survivors. Despite temporary confusion about bank asset quality on the part of depositors during the panic, which was associated with widespread depositor runs and bank stock price declines, the panic did not produce significant social costs in terms of failures among solvent banks. Copyright 1997 by American Economic Association.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Proceedings with number 451.

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Length: 110-122
Date of creation: 1995
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Publication status: Published in Conference on Bank Structure and Competition (1995 : 31st)
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhpr:451

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Keywords: Bank failures ; Chicago (Ill.) ; Depressions;

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  1. Black, Fischer & Scholes, Myron S, 1973. "The Pricing of Options and Corporate Liabilities," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 81(3), pages 637-54, May-June.
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