Who Should Act as Lender of Last Resort? An Incomplete Contracts Model

CEMFI Working Paper No. 9913

Posted: 22 Nov 1999

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Rafael Repullo

Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: October 1999

Abstract

This paper presents a model of a bank subject to liquidity shocks that require borrowing from a lender of last resort. Two government agencies with different objectives may perform this function: a central bank and a deposit insurance corporation. Both agencies supervise the bank, i.e. collect nonverifiable information about its financial condition, and use this information to decide whether to support it. It is shown that the optimal institutional design involves the two agencies: the central bank being responsible for dealing with small liquidity shocks, and the deposit insurance corporation for large shocks. Furthermore, except for very small shocks, they should lend at penalty rates.

JEL Classification: E58, G21, G28

Suggested Citation

Repullo, Rafael, Who Should Act as Lender of Last Resort? An Incomplete Contracts Model (October 1999). CEMFI Working Paper No. 9913. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=189329

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