Liquidity risk and collective moral hazard

Diana Bonfim, Moshe Kim

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Banks individually optimize their liquidity risk manage-ment, often neglecting the externalities generated by their choices on the overall risk of the financial system. However, banks may have incentives to optimize their choices not strictly at the individual level, but engaging instead in collective risk-taking strategies. In this paper we look for evidence of such behaviors in the run-up to the global financial crisis. We find strong and robust evidence of peer effects in banks’ liquidity risk management. This suggests that incentives for collective risk-taking play a role in banks’ choices, thus calling for a macroprudential approach to liquidity regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-150
Number of pages50
JournalInternational Journal of Central Banking
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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