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Liquidity backstops and dynamic debt runs

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  • Bin Wei
  • Vivian Z. Yue

    (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)
    New York University
    National Bureau of Economic Research
    Emory University)

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Liquidity backstops have important implications for financial stability. In this paper, we provide a microfoundation for the important role of liquidity backstops in mitigating runs (or, conversely, the role of the lack of liquidity backstops in exacerbating runs) based on a dynamic model of debt runs. We focus on the municipal bond markets for variable rate demand obligations (VRDOs) and auction rate securities (ARS). The different experiences in these markets during the recent financial crisis of 2007?09 provide a natural experiment to identify the value of a liquidity backstop in mitigating runs. Through structural estimation of the model, we show that the value of a liquidity backstop is about 14.5 basis points per annum. The results in this paper shed light on one central difference between shadow banks and traditional banks in terms of their differential access to public liquidity backstops.

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  • Bin Wei & Vivian Z. Yue, 2015. "Liquidity backstops and dynamic debt runs," FRB Atlanta Working Paper 2015-13, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedawp:2015-13
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    Keywords

    liquidity backstop; debt run;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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