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Financial safety nets, bailouts and moral hazard

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  • Jaime Hurtubia Torres
  • Claudio Sardoni

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The paper argues that policymakers bail out banks with financial problems to avoid the costs of financial repression. After financial liberalization and when risk is verifiable, in some circumstances policymakers can commit to policies that discipline banks ex-ante and ex-post, by providing bailout to conservative banks and threatening the takeover of risky banks. When these policies are time consistent, regulatory policies to deal with moral hazard ex-ante, like for example prudential regulation, become redundant and policymakers refrain from implementing them.

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  • Jaime Hurtubia Torres & Claudio Sardoni, 2010. "Financial safety nets, bailouts and moral hazard," Working Papers 8, Doctoral School of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome, revised 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:dsc:wpaper:8
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    • 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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