CEPR Discussion Paper: What Types of Capital Flows Help Improve International Risk Sharing?

Author(s): Ergys Islamaj, M. Ayhan Kose Date: November 2021 Abstract: Cross-border capital flows are expected to lead to increased international risk sharing by facilitating borrowing and lending in global financial markets. This paper examines risk-sharing outcomes of various types of capital flows (foreign direct investment, portfolio equity, debt, remittance, and aid flows) in a large[…]

NBER Working Paper – Scrambling for Dollars: International Liquidity, Banks and Exchange Rates

Author(s): Javier Bianchi, Saki Bigio & Charles Engel Date: November 2021 Abstract: We develop a theory of exchange rate fluctuations arising from financial institutions’ demand for dollar liquid assets. Financial flows are unpredictable and may leave banks “scrambling for dollars.” Because of settlement frictions in interbank markets, a precautionary demand for dollar reserves emerges and[…]

CEPR Discussion Paper – “There is No Planet B”, but for Banks There are “Countries B to Z”: Domestic Climate Policy and Cross-Border Bank Lending

Author(s): Emanuela Benincasa, Gazi Kabas, Steven Ongena Date: October 2021 Abstract: We provide evidence that banks increase cross-border lending in response to higher climate policy stringency in their home countries. Saturating with granular set of fixed effects and including a rich set of control variables, we show that the increase in cross-border lending is not driven[…]

NBER Working Paper – Macroprudential Policies and The Covid-19 Pandemic: Risks and Challenges For Emerging Markets

Author(s): Sebastian Edwards Date: October 2021 Abstract: This paper deals with COVID and macroprudential regulations in emerging markets. I document the build-up of a sturdy macroprudential structure during 2009-2019, and the relaxation of regulations in 2020-2021, as part of the effort to deal with the sanitary emergency. I show that in every country, regulatory forbearance[…]

NBER Working Paper: FinTech Lending

Author(s):Tobias Berg, Andreas Fuster, Manju Puri Date:October 2021 Abstract: In this paper, we review the growing literature on FinTech lending – the provision of credit facilitated by technology that improves the customer-lender interaction or lenders’ screening and monitoring of borrowers. FinTech lending has grown rapidly, though in developed economies like the U.S. it still only[…]

SSRN Working Paper: Social Networks in the Global Banking Sector

Author(s): Joel F. Houston, Jongsub Lee, and Felix Suntheim Date: October 2017 Abstract: We show that banks with shared social connections partner more often in the global syndicated loan market and that central banks in the network play dominant roles in various interbank transactions, indicating that social connections facilitate business connections. However, more centralized banks[…]

CEPR Discussion Paper: Macroprudential Policy during COVID-19: The Role of Policy Space

Author(s): Katharina Bergant and Kristin Forbes Date: October 2021 Abstract: This paper uses the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to examine how macroprudential frameworks developed over the past decade performed during a period of heightened financial and economic stress. It discusses a new measure of the macroprudential stance that better captures the intensity of[…]

BoE Working Paper: Dash for dollars

Author(s): Ambrogio Cesa-Bianchi and Fernando Eguren-Martin Date: July 2021 Abstract: Within-firm variation of corporate bond spreads around the Covid-19 outbreak shows that US dollar‑denominated bonds experienced larger increases in spreads relative to non-dollar bonds, especially at short maturities. Differently, in the non-dollar sample it was the spreads of longer maturity bonds that widened more markedly.[…]

CEPR Discussion Paper: The Global Financial Cycle

Author(s): Silvia Miranda-Agrippino, Hélène Rey Date: September 2021 Abstract: We review the literature on the empirical characteristics of the global financial cycle and associated stylized facts on international capital flows, asset prices, risk aversion and liquidity in the financial system. We analyse the co-movements of global factors in asset prices and capital flows with commodity[…]

CEPR Discussion Paper: Learning in Bank Runs

Author(s): Eva Schliephake, Joel Shapiro Date: September 2021 Abstract: We examine a model in which depositor learning exacerbates bank runs. Informed depositors can quickly withdraw when the bank has low-quality assets. Uninformed depositors may decide to wait, which allows them to learn by observing informed depositors’ actions. However, learning that the bank has low-quality assets[…]