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How excessive is banks’ maturity transformation?

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  • Anatoli Segura

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  • Javier Suarez

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We quantify the gains from regulating banks’ maturity transformation in an infinite horizon model of banks which finance long-term assets with non-tradable debt. Banks choose the amount and maturity of their debt trading off investors’ preference for short maturities with the risk of systemic crises. As in Stein (2012), pecuniary externalities make unregulated debt maturities inefficiently short. The assessment is based on the calibration of the model to Eurozone banking data for 2006. Lengthening the average maturity of wholesale debt from its 2.8 months to 3.3 months would produce welfare gains with a present value of euro 105 billion.

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  • Anatoli Segura & Javier Suarez, 2016. "How excessive is banks’ maturity transformation?," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1065, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    Keywords

    liquidity risk; maturity regulation; pecuniary externalities; systemic crises;

    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • 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

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