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Home > Research > Working Paper No. 487: Shadow banks and macroeconomic instability - Roland Meeks, Benjamin D Nelson and Piergiorgio Alessandri
 

Working Paper No. 487: Shadow banks and macroeconomic instability - Roland Meeks, Benjamin D Nelson and Piergiorgio Alessandri

28 March 2014

​Working Paper No. 487
Shadow banks and macroeconomic instability
(693KB)
Roland Meeks, Benjamin D Nelson and Piergiorgio Alessandri

We develop a macroeconomic model in which commercial banks can offload risky loans to a ‘shadow’ banking sector, and financial intermediaries trade in securitised assets. We analyse the responses of aggregate activity, credit supply and credit spreads to business cycle and financial shocks. We find that: interactions and spillover effects between financial institutions affect credit dynamics; high leverage in the shadow banking system makes the economy excessively vulnerable to aggregate disturbances; and following a financial shock, stabilisation policy aimed solely at the securitisation markets is relatively ineffective.

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