Intervention with Screening in Panic-Based Runs

Journal of Finance forthcoming

80 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2018 Last revised: 7 Apr 2023

Date Written: March 26, 2023


Policymakers frequently use guarantees to reduce panic-based runs in the financial system. We analyze a binary-action coordination game under the global games framework and propose a novel intervention program that screens investors based on their heterogeneous beliefs about the system's stability. This program attracts only investors who are at the margin of running, and their participation boosts all investors' confidence in the financial system. Compared with government guarantee programs, our proposed program is as effective at reducing panic runs yet features two advantages: it costs less to implement and is robust to moral hazard.

Keywords: Panic-based runs, screening, intervention, global games

JEL Classification: G2, D7, D8

Suggested Citation

Shen, Lin and Zou, Junyuan, Intervention with Screening in Panic-Based Runs (March 26, 2023). Journal of Finance forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Lin Shen (Contact Author)

INSEAD ( email )

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77305 Fontainebleau Cedex

Junyuan Zou

INSEAD ( email )

Boulevard de Constance
F-77305 Fontainebleau Cedex

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