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Bank Leverage and Social Welfare

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  • Lawrence Christiano
  • Daisuke Ikeda

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We describe a general equilibrium model in which an agency problem arises because bankers must exert an unobserved and costly effort to perform their task. Suppose aggregate banker net worth is too low to insulate creditors from bad outcomes on their balance sheet. Then, banks borrow too much in equilibrium because there is a pecuniary externality associated with bank borrowing. Social welfare is increased by imposing a binding leverage restriction on banks. We formalize this argument and provide a numerical example.

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  • Lawrence Christiano & Daisuke Ikeda, 2016. "Bank Leverage and Social Welfare," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 106(5), pages 560-564, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:106:y:2016:i:5:p:560-64
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20161090
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    Cited by:

    1. Caterina Mendicino & Kalin Nikolov & Javier Suarez & Dominik Supera, 2018. "Bank Capital in the Short and in the Long Run," Working Papers wp2018_1807, CEMFI.
    2. Ferrero, Andrea & Harrison, Richard & Nelson, Ben, 2018. "Concerted efforts? Monetary policy and macro-prudential tools," Bank of England working papers 727, Bank of England.
    3. Darracq Pariès, Matthieu & Körner, Jenny & Papadopoulou, Niki, 2019. "Empowering central bank asset purchases: The role of financial policies," Working Paper Series 2237, European Central Bank.
    4. Ferrero, Andrea & Harrison, Richard & Nelson, Benjamin, 2018. "House Price Dynamics, Optimal LTV Limits and the Liquidity Trap," CEPR Discussion Papers 13400, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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