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Project Citation: 

Nuño, Galo, and Thomas, Carlos. Replication data for: Bank Leverage Cycles. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2017. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/E114090V1

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Summary:  View help for Summary We propose a general equilibrium framework with financial intermediaries subject to endogenous leverage constraints, and assess its ability to explain the observed fluctuations in intermediary leverage and real economic activity. In the model, intermediaries ("banks") borrow in the form of short-term risky debt. The presence of risk-shifting moral hazard gives rise to a leverage constraint, and creates a link between the volatility in bank asset returns and leverage. Unlike TFP or capital quality shocks, volatility shocks produce empirically plausible fluctuations in bank leverage. The model replicates well the fall in leverage, assets, and GDP during the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

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      D82 Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
      E44 Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
      G01 Financial Crises
      G21 Banks; Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
      G32 Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill


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