Reserve Requirements, the Maturity Structure of Debt, and Bank Runs

Author/Editor:

Eza Ghassan Al-Zein

Publication Date:

April 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper looks at the relationship between reserve requirements and the choice of the maturity structure of external debt in a general equilibrium setup, by incorporating the role of international lenders. A date- and maturity-specific reserve requirement is a fraction of the debt to be deposited in a non-interest bearing account at the central bank. At maturity, the central bank returns the reserves. There exist some specific combinations of date- and maturity-specific reserve requirements that reduce the vulnerability to bank runs. In such setup, lenders may still want to provide new short-term lending to the bank after a bank run.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/108

Subject:

Frequency:

Biannually

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451869682/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008108

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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