On Bank Credit Risk: Systemic or Bank-Specific? Evidence from the US and UK

69 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2013 Last revised: 29 Jul 2014

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Junye Li

ESSEC Business School

Gabriele Zinna

Bank of Italy

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Date Written: October 31, 2013


We develop a multivariate credit risk model that accounts for joint defaults of banks and allows us to disentangle how much of banks' credit risk is systemic. We find that the US and UK differ not only in the evolution of bank systemic risk, but also in their banks' systemic exposures. In both countries, however, systemic credit risk varies substantially, represents about half of total bank credit risk on average, and induces high risk premia. The results suggest that sovereign and bank systemic risk are increasingly interlinked in the UK.

Keywords: Systemic Bank Credit Risk; Credit default swaps; Sovereign Credit Risk; Distress Risk Premia; Bayesian Estimation

JEL Classification: F34, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Li, Junye and Zinna, Gabriele, On Bank Credit Risk: Systemic or Bank-Specific? Evidence from the US and UK (October 31, 2013). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2347961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2347961

Junye Li (Contact Author)

ESSEC Business School ( email )

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Singapore, Singapore 139408

Gabriele Zinna

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
00184 Roma

HOME PAGE: http://gabrielezinna.github.io/

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