The Coordination Role of Stress Test Disclosure in Bank Risk Taking

53 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2018 Last revised: 31 Jul 2018

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Carlos Corona

Carnegie Mellon University

Lin Nan

Purdue University

Gaoqing Zhang

University of Minnesota

Date Written: July 1, 2017


We examine whether stress-test disclosures distort banks' risk-taking decisions. We study a model in which a regulator may choose to rescue banks in the event of concurrent bank failures. Our analysis reveals a novel coordination role of stress-test disclosures. By disclosing stress tests, a regulator informs all banks of the failure likelihood of other banks, which facilitates bank's coordination in risk-taking. We find that disclosing stress tests always increases the rate of bank failure and, unless bank failure externalities are sufficiently severe, disclosure also increases banks' average risk and the bailout likelihood.

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Corona, Carlos and Nan, Lin and Zhang, Gaoqing, The Coordination Role of Stress Test Disclosure in Bank Risk Taking (July 1, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Carlos Corona

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
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Lin Nan

Purdue University ( email )

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West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States
7654960551 (Phone)

Gaoqing Zhang (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota ( email )

321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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