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Financial Market Liquidity and the Lender of Last Resort

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  • Ewerhart, C.
  • Valla, N.

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It has been argued in the literature that emergency liquidity injections should be conducted preferably in the form of open market operations. As we show in the present paper, this is not necessarily the case when liquidity may be alternatively used for speculative purposes during the crisis. In such a situation, non-discriminating operations may attract unfunded market participants that divert funding resources away from its best uses in the financial sector. As a consequence, targeted liquidity assistance may become strictly superior. The analysis might have a bearing on recent developments in the context of the subprime crisis.

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  • Ewerhart, C. & Valla, N., 2007. "Financial Market Liquidity and the Lender of Last Resort," Working papers 178, Banque de France.
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    2. Pavla Vodová, 2015. "To Lend or to Borrow on the Interbank Market: What Matters for Commercial Banks in the Visegrad Countries," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, pages 662-677.
    3. Sekoni, Abiola, 2015. "Germane Issues and Physiognomies of Bank Liquidity Risk," MPRA Paper 67399, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Bartosz Mackowiak & Mirko Wiederholt, 2009. "Optimal Sticky Prices under Rational Inattention," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, pages 769-803.

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    Keywords

    Liquidity ; Financial markets ; Lender of last resort.;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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