Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162678
Authors: 
Golec, Pascal
Perotti, Enrico
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 2035
Abstract: 
We survey the emerging literature on safe assets. The recent evidence on a time-varying safety premium suggests a demand for safety quite distinct from liquidity and classic money demand, offering insight on a strong segmentation between safe savings and speculative investment markets. A related theoretical literature studies the private creation of (quasi) safe assets by intermediaries, shedding new light on bank intermediation and financial stability. Novel concepts such as maturity races, information sensitivity, risk-intolerant debt and induced runs reinforce the liquidity risk externality associated with banking, and have significant implications for research on credit cycles as well as for prudential policy.
Subjects: 
safe assets
safety premium
liquidity premium
riskless debt
demand for safety
JEL: 
E41
E44
E52
G21
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-899-2757-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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