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Financial Black-Holes: The Interaction of Financial Regulation and Bailout Guarantees

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  • Rancière, Romain
  • Tornell, Aaron

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This paper argues that the U.S. financial crisis is a new type of crisis: a "financial black hole." Financial black holes are characterized by the breaking-up of credit market discipline and the large-scale financing of negative NPV projects. In a theoretical model, we explain how the combination of perceived government guarantees and the ability to issues catastrophe-bond-like liabilities generate financial black holes. We then show that the stylized facts of the U.S. economy are consistent with a financial black hole equilbrium.

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  • Rancière, Romain & Tornell, Aaron, 2011. "Financial Black-Holes: The Interaction of Financial Regulation and Bailout Guarantees," CEPR Discussion Papers 8248, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    Bailout Guarantees; Derivatives; Financial Crisis; Financial Regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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