Liability concentration and systemic losses in financial networks

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1134
Journal / PublicationOperations Research
Volume64
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The objective of this study is to develop a majorization-based tool to compare financial networks with a focus on the implications of liability concentration. Specifically, we quantify liability concentration by applying the majorization order to the liability matrix that captures the interconnectedness of banks in a financial network. We develop notions of balancing and unbalancing networks to bring out the qualitatively different implications of liability concentration on the system's loss profile. We illustrate how to identify networks that are balancing or unbalancing, and we make connections to interbank structures identified by empirical research, such as perfect and imperfect tiering schemes. An empirical analysis of the network formed by the banking sectors of eight representative European countries suggests that the system is either unbalancing or close to it, persistently over time. This empirical finding, along with the majorization results, supports regulatory policies aiming at limiting the size of gross exposures to individual counterparties.

Research Area(s)

  • Financial contagion, Financial networks, Liability concentration, Majorization, Systemic risk

Citation Format(s)

Liability concentration and systemic losses in financial networks. / Capponi, Agostino; Chen, Peng-Chu; Yao, David D.

In: Operations Research, Vol. 64, No. 5, 01.09.2016, p. 1121-1134.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review