Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/195583
Authors: 
Fecht, Falko
Thum, Stefan
Weber, Patrick
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Bundesbank Discussion Paper No. 12/2019
Abstract: 
Recent regulatory initiatives such as the European Deposit Insurance Scheme propose a change in the coverage and backing of deposit insurances. An assessment of these proposals requires a thorough understanding of what drives depositors' withdrawal decisions. We show that Google searches for 'deposit insurance' and related strings reflect depositors' fears and help to predict deposit shifts in the German banking sector from private banks to fully guaranteed public banks. After the introduction of blanket state guarantees for all deposits in the German banking system this fear driven reallocation of deposits stopped. Our findings highlight that a heterogeneous insurance of deposits can lead to a sudden, fear induced reallocation of deposits endangering the stability of the banking sector even in absence of redenomination risks.
Subjects: 
Depositor expectations
Google
Deposit insurance
Competition for depositors
Bank runs
JEL: 
G01
G10
G20
ISBN: 
978-3-95729-576-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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