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Evolution, Coordination, and Banking Panics

  • Ted Temzelides

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)

I study equilibrium selection by an evolutionary process in an environment with multiple equilibria, one of which involves a banking panic. The analysis is built on a repeated version of the Diamod-Dybvig (1983) model. The optimal (run free) equilibrium is uniquely selected if it is also "risk dominant." Furthermore, the probability of observing a panic increases as the size of the banks decreases. I discuss local interaction and contagion effects that allow for a bankrun to spread first among banks in the same geographic location and then throughout the entire population.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 22 Nov 1995
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:9511002
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