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Abolishing Public Guarantees in the Absence of Market Discipline

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  • Tobias Körner
  • Isabel Schnabel

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This paper shows that the abolition of state guarantees to publicly owned banks in Germany resulted in an increase in funding costs at German savings banks. Rather than being the result of increased market discipline, the increase in funding costs is shown to be driven by spillover effects from German Landesbanken who themselves had suffered from the abolition of guarantees and who spread their own cost increase through the public banking network. Higher funding costs and the resulting drop in bank charter values translated into higher risk-taking at German savings bank.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0437.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0437

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Keywords: Public bail-out guarantees; savings banks; Landesbanken; market discipline; bank risk-taking; banking networks;

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  1. Markus Fischer & Christa Hainz & Jörg Rocholl & Sascha Steffen, 2014. "Government guarantees and bank risk taking incentives," ESMT Research Working Papers ESMT-14-02, ESMT European School of Management and Technology.
  2. Markus Fischer & Christa Hainz & Jörg Rocholl & Sascha Steffen, 2012. "Wie wirkt sich der Wegfall staatlicher Garantien auf die Risikoübernahme von Banken aus?," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 65(18), pages 17-21, October.

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