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On the Welfare Equivalence of Asset Markets and Banking in Diamond Dybvig Economies

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  • Alexander Zimper

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

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Why do people choose bank deposit contracts over a direct participation in asset markets? In their seminal paper, Diamond and Dybvig (1983) answer this question by claiming that bank deposit contracts can implement allocations that are welfare superior to asset markets equilibria. The present paper demonstrates that this claim is false whenever the asset market participants are highly rational.

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Paper provided by University of Pretoria, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201356.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:201356

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Keywords: Demand deposit contract; Asset market; Asymmetric information;

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  1. Hellwig, Martin, 1994. "Liquidity provision, banking, and the allocation of interest rate risk," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 38(7), pages 1363-1389, August.
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