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Asset Returns and Financial Fragility

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  • Yang Li

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    (Department of Economics, Rutgers University)

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What configuration of asset returns will make the banking system most susceptible to a self-fulfilling run? I study this question in a version of the model of Diamond and Dybvig (1983) with limited commitment and a non-trivial portfolio choice. I show that the relationship between the returns on banks’ assets and financial fragility is often non-monotone: a higher return may make banks either more or less susceptible to a run by depositors. The same is true for changes in the liquidation cost and the term premium. I derive precise conditions under which changes in each of these returns increase or decrease financial fragility.

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 201601.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 15 Feb 2016
Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:201601
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