A1 Journal article – refereed

Have Too-Big-to-Fail Expectations Diminished? Evidence from the European Overnight Interbank Market

List of Authors: Tölö Eero, Jokivuolle Esa, Viren Matti

Publisher: Springer

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Journal of Financial Services Research


Journal acronym: J FINANC SERV RES

Number of pages: 30

ISSN: 0920-8550

eISSN: 1573-0735

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10693-021-00351-2

Using the Eurosystem's proprietary interbank loan data from June 2008-June 2020, we show that larger European banks have had a lower cost of overnight borrowing than smaller banks. The size premium remains significant after controlling for a large set of other factors but has decreased over time, especially in countries that were stricken by the Sovereign Debt Crisis. A difference-in-differences analysis suggests that the decline in the size premium is related to the actual bail-in events, not to the implementation dates of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive as such. This finding is robust to controlling for the effect of the ECB's long-term refinancing operations. Overall, the results suggest that the regulatory move towards bail-in rather than bailout policies to deal with financially distressed banks has reduced the too-big-to-fail expectations concerning large banks.

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