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Asset Returns and Financial Fragility

Yang Li ()

Departmental Working Papers from Rutgers University, Department of Economics

Abstract: What configuration of asset returns will make the banking system most susceptible to a self-fulfilling run? I study this question in a version of the model of Diamond and Dybvig (1983) with limited commitment and a non-trivial portfolio choice. I show that the relationship between the returns on banks’ assets and financial fragility is often non-monotone: a higher return may make banks either more or less susceptible to a run by depositors. The same is true for changes in the liquidation cost and the term premium. I derive precise conditions under which changes in each of these returns increase or decrease financial fragility.

Keywords: Financial fragility; Bank runs; Excess liquidity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G11 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-02-15
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