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How excessive is banks’ maturity transformation?

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  • Anatoli Segura
  • Javier Suarez

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We quantify the gains from regulating maturity transformation in a model of banks which finance long-term assets with non-tradable debt. Banks choose the amount and maturity of their debt trading off investors’ preference for short maturities with the risk of systemic crises. Pecuniary externalities make unregulated debt maturities inefficiently short. The calibration of the model to Eurozone banking data for 2006 yields that lengthening the average maturity of wholesale debt from its 2.8 months to 3.3 months would produce welfare gains with a present value of euro 105 billion, while the lengthening induced by the NSRF would be too drastic. JEL Classification: G01,G21,G28

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  • Anatoli Segura & Javier Suarez, 2016. "How excessive is banks’ maturity transformation?," ESRB Working Paper Series 03, European Systemic Risk Board.
  • Handle: RePEc:srk:srkwps:201603
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    1. Bruche, Max & Segura, Anatoli, 2017. "Debt maturity and the liquidity of secondary debt markets," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 599-613.
    2. Pierluigi Bologna, 2017. "Banks’ maturity transformation: risk, reward, and policy," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1159, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    3. Elena Mattana & Ettore Panetti, 2017. "The Welfare Costs of Self-Fulfilling Bank Runs," Working Papers REM 2017/17, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, REM, Universidade de Lisboa.
    4. Kahn, Charles M. & Wagner, Wolf, 2017. "Sources of Liquidity and Liquidity Shortages," CEPR Discussion Papers 12116, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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    Keywords

    liquidity risk; maturity regulation; pecuniary externalities; systemic crises;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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