Recapitalization, Bailout, and Long-run Welfare in a Dynamic Model of Banking

50 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2021 Last revised: 10 Mar 2021

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Date Written: December 20, 2020


This paper studies the dynamic trade-off between the short-run costs and the long-run benefits of bank bailouts. In the model, banks leverage thanks to their cost advantage at monitoring firms, but hold precautionary capital buffers to avoid costly equity issuance after negative shocks. Banks' recapitalization is sub-optimal because they do not internalize the positive externalities of the banking sector's relative size on their individual leverage capacity and firms' investments. Systematic bailouts can help improving the allocation efficiency in bad states, in which banks' leverage is persistently constrained and investments are low. In the long run, bailouts accelerate the economy recovery path by fostering growth, thereby reducing endogenous risk.

Keywords: Banks; bailout; dynamic complementarity; general equilibrium; financial frictions; welfare

JEL Classification: D51, G21

Suggested Citation

Modena, Andrea, Recapitalization, Bailout, and Long-run Welfare in a Dynamic Model of Banking (December 20, 2020). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. . 23/WP/2020, Available at SSRN: or

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