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March 2010Stressed not Frozen: The Fed Funds Market in the Financial Crisis
with Anna Kovner, Antoinette Schoar: w15806
This paper examines the impact of the financial crisis of 2008 on the federal funds market, specifically the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. Rather than a complete collapse of lending in the presence of a market wide shock, we see that banks become more restrictive in which counterparties they lend to. After Lehman Brothers, we find that amounts and spreads become more sensitive to borrower bank characteristics. While the market does not contract dramatically, lending rates increase. Further, the market does not seem to expand to meet the increased demand predicted by the drop in other bank funding markets. We examine discount window borrowing as a proxy for unmet fed funds demand and find that the fed funds market is not indiscriminate. As expected, borrowers who access the discount window...

Stressed not Frozen: The Federal Funds Market after the Financial Crisis” joint with Gara Afonso and Anna Kovner, September 2009, The Journal of Finance, forthcoming.

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