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Libor Manipulation: Cui Bono?


Priyank Gandhi


Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Benjamin Golez


University of Notre Dame

Jens Carsten Jackwerth


University of Konstanz - Department of Economics

Alberto Plazzi


University of Lugano - Institute of Finance; Swiss Finance Institute

December 8, 2014


Abstract:     
Using data on Libor submissions from 1999 to 2012, we find weak support for the hypothesis that banks manipulate submissions to appear less risky and strong support for the hypothesis that banks manipulate Libor to generate higher cash flows. Our results are stronger for the manipulation period as identified by regulators (January 2005 to May 2009), for currencies and maturities with substantial notional amounts of interest-rate derivatives outstanding, for European banks, and for banks that have already paid fines related to manipulation. We calculate the cumulative gains in bank market capitalization due to manipulation to be $16 to $19 billion.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: Libor, scandal, manipulation, factor models, operational risk

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G13

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Date posted: October 18, 2013 ; Last revised: December 9, 2014

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Gandhi, Priyank and Golez, Benjamin and Jackwerth, Jens Carsten and Plazzi, Alberto, Libor Manipulation: Cui Bono? (December 8, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2342075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2342075

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Priyank Gandhi
Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame ( email )
253 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46656
United States
5746313450 (Phone)
Benjamin Golez
University of Notre Dame ( email )
256 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States
(574) 631-1458 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://business.nd.edu/BenGolez/
Jens Carsten Jackwerth (Contact Author)
University of Konstanz - Department of Economics ( email )
Universitaetsstr. 10
Konstanz, 78457
Germany
+497531882196 (Phone)
+497531883120 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://cms.uni-konstanz.de/wiwi/jackwerth/
Alberto Plazzi
University of Lugano - Institute of Finance ( email )
Via Buffi 13
CH-6900 Lugano
Switzerland
Swiss Finance Institute ( email )
c/o University of Geneve
40, Bd du Pont-d'Arve
1211 Geneva, CH-6900
Switzerland

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