Money, Financial Stability and Efficiency

44 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2011

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Franklin Allen

Imperial College London

Elena Carletti

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

Douglas M. Gale

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: January 16, 2011

Abstract

Most analyses of banking crises assume that banks use real contracts. However, in practice, contracts are nominal and this is what is assumed here. We consider a standard banking model with aggregate return risk, aggregate liquidity risk and idiosyncratic liquidity shocks. We show that, with non-contingent nominal deposit contracts, the first-best efficient allocation can be achieved in a decentralized banking system. What is required is that the central bank accommodates the demands of the private sector for fiat money. Variations in the price level allow full sharing of aggregate risks. An interbank market allows the sharing of idiosyncratic liquidity risk. In contrast, idiosyncratic (bank-specific) return risks cannot be shared using monetary policy alone; real transfers are needed.

Suggested Citation

Allen, Franklin and Carletti, Elena and Gale, Douglas M., Money, Financial Stability and Efficiency (January 16, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1743043 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1743043

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