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Credit Booms, Financial Crises, and Macroprudential Policy

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  • Mark Gertler

    (New York University)

  • Nobuhiro Kiyotaki

    (Princeton University)

  • Andrea Prestipino

    (Federal Reserve Board)

Abstract

We develop a model of banking panics which is consistent with two important features of the data: First, banking crises are usually preceded by credit booms. Second, credit booms often do not result in crises. That is, there are "bad booms" as well as "good booms" in the language of Gorton and Ordonez (2019). We then consider how the optimal macroprudential policy weighs the benefits of preventing a crisis against the costs of stopping a good boom. We show that countercyclical capital buffers are a critical feature of a successful macroprudential policy. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Mark Gertler & Nobuhiro Kiyotaki & Andrea Prestipino, 2020. "Credit Booms, Financial Crises, and Macroprudential Policy," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 37, pages 8-33, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:20-160
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2020.06.004
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    Keywords

    Financial crises; Credit booms; Macroprudential policy; Bank runs; Countercyclical capital buffers;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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