Liquidation, Bailout, and Bail-In: Insolvency Resolution Mechanisms and Bank Lending
64 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019
Date Written: May 2019
We present a dynamic, continuous-time model in which risk averse inside equityholders set a bank's lending, payout, and financing policies, and the exposure of bank assets to crashes. We study how the prevailing insolvency resolution mechanism affects these policies, the insolvency rate, loss in default, value at risk (VaR), and the net value created by the bank. VaR depends non-trivially on jump (crash) risk, diffusion risk and the horizon. We examine the commonplace assertion that bailouts encourage excessive lending and risk-taking compared to the liquidation and bail-in regimes, and explore whether bailouts could be financed by banks without taxpayers' money.
Keywords: agency, asset sale, bail-in, bailout, Liquidation
JEL Classification: G32, G33, G34, H81
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