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The Value of the “Too Big to Fail” Big Bank Subsidy

  • Dean Baker
  • Travis McArthur

One outcome of the TARP and other bank rescue efforts following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September of 2008 is that the United States has essentially formalized a commitment to a “too big to fail” (TBTF) policy for major banks. This paper uses data from the FDIC on the relative cost of funds for TBTF banks and other banks, before and after the crisis, to quantify the value of the government protection provided by the TBTF policy.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in its series CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs with number 2009-36.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2009-36
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