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On the Welfare and Distributional Implications of Intermediation Costs

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  • Tiago V. de V. Cavalcanti

    (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, INOVA)

  • Anne P. Villamil

    (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Antonio Antunes

    (Banco de Portugal)

Abstract

This paper studies the distributional implications of intermediation costs. We built a "Bewley" model economy where individuals experience uninsurable idiosyncratic shocks on labor productivity and financial intermediation is costly. Individuals smooth consumption by making deposits to a financial intermediary in good times and by running down credit balances or getting loans in bad times. Higher intermediation costs (IC) increase the costs for individuals to insure against idiosyncratic shocks and to smooth consumption over time. When IC increase by a factor of 10 from its baseline value of 4% (US case), aggregate welfare decreases by less than 1% of the average consumption. For those at the bottom 1% of the wealth distribution the welfare costs are roughly 41% of their consumption, while for those at the top 1% it is -0.17%.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 621.

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  1. Alexandre Rands, 2005. "The Impact of States Owned Banks on Interest Rates Spread," Working Papers 42, Datamétrica Consultoria Econômica, revised 2005.

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