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Title: Paulson's Gift

Author(s): Pietro Veronesi and Luigi Zingales

Publication Date: November 2009

Keyword(s): bankruptcy, credit crisis and government intervention

Programme Area(s): Financial Economics

Abstract: We calculate the costs and benefits of the largest ever U.S. Government intervention in the financial sector announced the 2008 Columbus-day weekend. We estimate that this intervention increased the value of banks? financial claims by $131 billion at a taxpayers?cost of $25 -$47 billions with a net benefit between $84bn and $107bn. By looking at the limited cross section we infer that this net benefit arises from a reduction in the probability of bankruptcy, which we estimate would destroy 22% of the enterprise value. The big winners of the plan were the three former investment banks and Citigroup, while the loser was JP Morgan.

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Veronesi, P and Zingales, L. 2009. 'Paulson's Gift'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.