Revenge of the Steamroller: ABCP as a Window on Risk Choices
61 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 9, 2013
We empirically examine financial institutions' motivations to take systematic bad-tail risk in the form of sponsorship of credit-arbitrage asset-backed commercial paper vehicles. A run on debt issued by such vehicles played a key role in causing and propagating the liquidity crisis that began in the summer of 2007. We find evidence consistent with important roles for both owner-manager agency problems and government-induced distortions, especially government control or ownership of banks.
Keywords: Risk decisions, systemic risk, bank runs, financial crisis, commercial paper
JEL Classification: G20, G01, G32, G38
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