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A Real Options Approach to Bankruptcy Costs: Evidence from Failed Commercial Banks During the 1990s

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  • Joseph R. Mason

    (Drexel University and Wharton Financial Institutions Center)

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Literature identifies three main aspects of liquidation costs: firm size, asset specificity, and industry concentration. This paper unifies the theory behind these aspects of bankruptcy costs by treating them as components of a broader option valuation problem faced by the liquidating trustee. Testing the hypothesized asset price relationships on FDIC failed-bank liquidation data yields the appropriate results. Furthermore, it appears that liquidation time alone can be used as an effective second-order proxy for asset value growth where market value estimates are unavailable.

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  • Joseph R. Mason, 2005. "A Real Options Approach to Bankruptcy Costs: Evidence from Failed Commercial Banks During the 1990s," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 78(4), pages 1523-1554, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:78:y:2005:i:4:p:1523-1554
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    1. Tchana Tchana, Fulbert, 2012. "The welfare cost of banking regulation," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 217-232.
    2. Lee, Seung-Hyun & Yamakawa, Yasuhiro & Peng, Mike W. & Barney, Jay B., 2011. "How do bankruptcy laws affect entrepreneurship development around the world?," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 26(5), pages 505-520, September.
    3. Cangemi, Robert R. & Mason, Joseph R. & Pagano, Michael S., 2012. "Options-based structural model estimation of bond recovery rates," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 473-506.
    4. Daniel C Hardy, 2013. "Bank Resolution Costs, Depositor Preference, and Asset Encumbrance," IMF Working Papers 13/172, International Monetary Fund.

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