Dynamic Debt Runs and Financial Fragility: Evidence from the 2007 ABCP Crisis
68 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2012 Last revised: 28 Nov 2013
Date Written: August 23, 2013
We use the 2007 asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) crisis as a laboratory to study the determinants of debt runs. Our model features dilution risk: maturing short-term lenders demand higher yields in compensation for being diluted by future lenders, making runs more likely. The model explains the observed ten-fold increase in yield spreads leading to runs and the positive relation between yield spreads and future runs. Results from structural estimation show that runs are very sensitive to leverage, asset values, and asset liquidity, but less sensitive to the degree of maturity mismatch, the strength of guarantees, and asset volatility.
Keywords: runs, financial crises, structural estimation, asset-backed commercial paper
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G28
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