Liquidity, Risk-Taking and the Lender of Last Resort

38 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2005

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Rafael Repullo

Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: March 2005

Abstract

This paper studies the strategic interaction between a bank whose deposits are randomly withdrawn, and a lender of last resort (LLR) that bases its decision on supervisory information on the quality of the bank's assets. The bank is subject to a capital requirement and chooses the liquidity buffer that it wants to hold and the risk of its loan portfolio. The equilibrium choice of risk is shown to be decreasing in the capital requirement, and increasing in the interest rate charged by the LLR. Moreover, when the LLR does not charge penalty rates, the bank chooses the same level of risk and a smaller liquidity buffer than in the absence of a LLR. Thus, in contrast with the general view, the existence of a LLR does not increase the incentives to take risk, while penalty rates do.

Keywords: Central bank, lender of last resort, penalty rates, moral hazard, bank supervision, capital requirements, deposit insurance

JEL Classification: E58, G21, G28

Suggested Citation

Repullo, Rafael, Liquidity, Risk-Taking and the Lender of Last Resort (March 2005). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4967. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=771491

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