Crisis Resolution and Bank Liquidity

66 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2009 Last revised: 10 Sep 2013

Viral V. Acharya

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Hyun Song Shin

Bank for International Settlements

Tanju Yorulmazer

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

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Date Written: January 2010

Abstract

What is the effect of financial crises and the irresolution on banks' choice of liquidity? When banks have relative expertise in employing risky assets, the market for these assets clears only atre-sale prices following a large number of bank failures. The gains from acquiring assets atre-sale prices make it attractive for banks to hold liquid assets. The resulting choice of bank liquidity is counter-cyclical, inefficiently low during economic booms but excessively high during crises. We present evidence consistent with these predictions. While interventions to resolve banking crises may be desirable ex post, they affect bank liquidity in subtle ways: liquidity support to failed banks or unconditional support to surviving banks reduces incentives to hold liquidity, whereas support to surviving banks conditional on their liquid asset holdings has the opposite effect.

Suggested Citation

Acharya, Viral V. and Shin, Hyun Song and Yorulmazer, Tanju, Crisis Resolution and Bank Liquidity (January 2010). NYU Working Paper No. 2451/29540. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1354522

Viral V. Acharya (Contact Author)

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New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

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Hyun Song Shin

Bank for International Settlements ( email )

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Basel, Basel-Stadt 4002
Switzerland

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Tanju Yorulmazer

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

Roetersstraat 11
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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