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The Sovereign-Bank Diabolic Loop and Esbies

David Thesmar, Markus Brunnermeier (), Luis Garicano (), Philip Lane, Marco Pagano (), Ricardo Reis, Tano Santos , Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh and Dimitri Vayanos

No 1133, HEC Research Papers Series from HEC Paris

Abstract: We propose a simple model of the sovereign-bank diabolic loop, and establish four results. First, the diabolic loop can be avoided by restricting banks’ domestic sovereign exposures relative to their equity. Second, equity requirements can be lowered if banks only hold senior domestic sovereign debt. Third, such requirements shrink even further if banks only hold the senior tranche of an internationally diversified sovereign portfolio – known as ESBies in the euro-area context. Finally, ESBies generate more safe assets than domestic debt tranching alone; and, insofar as the diabolic loop is defused, the junior tranche generated by the securitization is itself risk-free.

Keywords: diabolic loop; sovereign debt crisis; government default; bank default; bailout; ESBies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G18 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2016-05-12
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