Financial Connections and Systemic Risk

43 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2010 Last revised: 15 Sep 2010

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Franklin Allen

Imperial College London

Ana Babus

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Imperial College London

Elena Carletti

Bocconi University - Department of Finance; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

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Date Written: July 2010

Abstract

We develop a model where institutions form connections through swaps of projects in order to diversify their individual risk. These connections lead to two different network structures. In a clustered network groups of financial institutions hold identical portfolios and default together. In an unclustered network defaults are more dispersed. With long term finance welfare is the same in both networks. In contrast, when short term finance is used, the network structure matters. Upon the arrival of a signal about banks' future defaults, investors update their expectations of bank solvency. If their expectations are low, they do not roll over the debt and there is systemic risk in that all institutions are early liquidated. We compare investors' rollover decisions and welfare in the two networks.

Suggested Citation

Allen, Franklin and Babus, Ana and Carletti, Elena, Financial Connections and Systemic Risk (July 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16177. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1636646

Franklin Allen (Contact Author)

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Ana Babus

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Elena Carletti

Bocconi University - Department of Finance ( email )

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European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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