Efficient Bailouts?

53 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2012

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Javier Bianchi

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Date Written: December 2012


We develop a quantitative equilibrium model of financial crises to assess the interaction between ex-post interventions in credit markets and the buildup of risk ex ante. During a systemic crisis, bailouts relax balance sheet constraints and mitigate the severity of the recession. Ex ante, the anticipation of such bailouts leads to an increase in risk-taking, making the economy more vulnerable to a financial crisis. We find that moral hazard effects are limited if bailouts are systemic and broad-based. If bailouts are idiosyncratic and targeted, however, this makes the economy significantly more exposed to financial crises.

Suggested Citation

Bianchi, Javier, Efficient Bailouts? (December 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18587, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2186317

Javier Bianchi (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55480
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