DP14055 Insolvency-Illiquidity, Macro Externalities and Regulation

Author(s): Ester Faia
Publication Date: October 2019
Keyword(s): Basel regimes, equity requirements, information-based bank runs, liquidity requirements, Pecuniary externalities, Ramsey plan
JEL(s): E0, E5, G01
Programme Areas: Financial Economics, International Macroeconomics and Finance, Monetary Economics and Fluctuations
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This paper studies the optimal design of equity and liquidity regulations in a dynamic macro model with information-based bank runs. Although the latter are privately efficient, since they discipline bank managers efforts into the projects' re-deploying activity, they induce aggregate externalities. Technological inefficiencies arise if bank managers extract rents which are higher than the technological costs of re-deploying projects. Pecuniary externalities arise since, when choosing leverage, bank managers do not internalize the fall in asset price ensuing from the aggregate costs of projects' liquidation in a run event. This creates scope for regulation. Equity and liquidity requirements are complementary, as the first tackles the solvency region, while the second the illiquid-solvent one. Finally, in presence of anticipatory effects prudential policies may have unintended consequences as banks adjust their behaviour when a shift in prudential regime is announced. The more so the higher the credibility of the announcement.