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Commitment, banks and markets


  • Antinolfi, Gaetano
  • Prasad, Suraj


We examine how banks and financial markets interact with one another to provide liquidity to investors. The critical assumption is that financial markets are characterized by limited enforcement of contracts, and in the event of default only a fraction of borrowers' assets can be seized. Limited enforcement reduces the fraction of assets that can be used as collateral and thus individuals subject to liquidity shocks face borrowing constraints. We show how banks endogenously overcome these borrowing constraints by pooling resources across several depositors, and increase the liquidity provided by financial markets.

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  • Antinolfi, Gaetano & Prasad, Suraj, 2008. "Commitment, banks and markets," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 265-277, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:moneco:v:55:y:2008:i:2:p:265-277

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    1. Ettore Panetti, 2017. "A Theory of Bank Illiquidity and Default with Hidden Trades," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 21(3), pages 1123-1157.
    2. repec:eee:mateco:v:71:y:2017:i:c:p:96-103 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. repec:eee:finlet:v:21:y:2017:i:c:p:21-25 is not listed on IDEAS

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