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Efficient Recapitalization

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  • Thomas Philippon
  • Philipp Schnabl

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We analyze government interventions to recapitalize a banking sector that restricts lending to firms because of debt overhang. We find that the efficient recapitalization program injects capital against preferred stock plus warrants and conditions implementation on sufficient bank participation. Preferred stock plus warrants reduces opportunistic participation by banks that do not require recapitalization, while conditional implementation limits free riding by banks that benefit from lower credit risk because of other banks' participation. Efficient recapitalization is profitable if the benefits of lower aggregate credit risk exceed the cost of implicit transfers to bank debt holders.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 14929.

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Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Publication status: published as Thomas Philippon & Philipp Schnabl, 2013. "Efficient Recapitalization," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 68(1), pages 1-42, 02.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:14929

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