Bank Herding and Systemic Risk
66 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2020 Last revised: 1 Jun 2020
Date Written: January 20, 2020
This paper studies the relation between bank herding and financial system stability. I develop a set of bank-specific, time-varying measures of herding in asset, liability, and off-balance sheet (OBS) portfolios and empirically examine the relation between bank herding and systemic risk contribution. I find that for large banks, asset herding is associated with lower, liability herding is associated with higher, and OBS herding does not have a significant relation with systemic risk contribution. During crises, the relation of asset herding is stronger, the relation of liability herding is weaker, and the relation of OBS herding remains insignificant. I find that the “too-many-to-fail” effect contributes to the negative relation between bank herding and systemic risk contribution.
Keywords: bank herding, similarity, systemic risk, financial crises
JEL Classification: G18, G21, G28
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