The Role of Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGSs) within the Crisis Management Framework

28 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2020

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Christos Gortsos

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; EUSFIL Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

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Date Written: November 25, 2020


The present study undertakes an overview of the role of deposit guarantee schemes (DGSs) within the banking crisis management framework. It is structured in four Section:

Section 1 discusses the policy objectives of DGSs, namely the protection of depositors and the
contribution to the stability of the banking system. Section 2 turns then to the functions (mandates) of DGSs, with a main focus on their institutional design as to the ‘payout (or paybox) function’ and their contribution in resolution financing. Section 3 is on DGSs’ role within the economic and the financial system, developing on their effectiveness as influenced not only by their design features but also by the environment within which they operate and predominantly by macroeconomic conditions and the strength of the sovereign and their institutional relationship with other ‘bank safety net’ components.
Finally, the liability of states when establishing DGSs and the problems arising from the operation of
DGSs, namely exposure to moral hazard and the differential treatment of banks deemed ‘too-big-to-fail’ (TBTF), are discussed in Section 4.

Keywords: Deposit guarantee schemes (DGSs), bank runs, stability of the banking system, bank safety net, resolution financing, ‘no creditor worse off (NCWO) principle’, moral hazard, too big to fail, International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI)

JEL Classification: E50, E53, E58, G21, G28. K00, K23, K33

Suggested Citation

Gortsos, Christos, The Role of Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGSs) within the Crisis Management Framework (November 25, 2020). European Banking Institute Working Paper Series 2020 - no.78, Available at SSRN: or

Christos Gortsos (Contact Author)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens ( email )

EUSFIL Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ( email )


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