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Sovereigns versus Banks: Credit, Crises, and Consequences

Oscar Jorda (), Moritz Schularick () and Alan Taylor ()

No 9678, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Two separate narratives have emerged in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis. One speaks of private financial excess and the key role of the banking system in leveraging and deleveraging the economy. The other emphasizes the public sector balance sheet over the private and worries about the risks of lax fiscal policies. However, the two may interact in important and understudied ways. This paper studies the co-evolution of public and private sector debt in advanced countries since 1870. We find that in advanced economies financial stability risks have come from private sector credit booms and not from the expansion of public debt. However, we find evidence that high levels of public debt have tended to exacerbate the effects of private sec- tor deleveraging after crises, leading to more prolonged periods of economic depression. Fiscal space appears to be a constraint in the aftermath of a crisis, then and now.

Keywords: booms; business cycles; financial crises; leverage; local projections; recessions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C52 E51 F32 F42 N10 N20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-mac and nep-opm
Date: 2013-10
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