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Leverage, Moral Hazard and Liquidity

Viral V. Acharya, S. Viswanathan

NBER Working Paper No. 15837
Issued in March 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

This paper was earlier circulated under the title "Moral Hazard, Collateral and Liquidity." We are grateful to Bruno Biais, Patrick Bolton, Peter DeMarzo, Doug Diamond, Darrell Duffie, Daniela Fabbri, Douglas Gale, Itay Goldstein, Nissan Langberg, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Praveen Kumar, Xuewen Liu, Martin Oehmke, Guillaume Plantin, Adriano Rampini, Jean-Charles Rochet, Jose Scheinkman, Raghu Sundaram, Alexei Tchistyi, Dimitri Vayanos and Jiang Wang for useful discussions, to seminar participants at Bank of England, Brunel University, CEPR Symposium (2009) at Gerzensee, Chicago-GSB Conference on Liquidity Concepts, Duke, European Winter Finance Conference (2008) in Klosters, Federal Reserve Bank of New York conference on Liquidity Tools, Houston, Indian School of Business, London Business School, London School of Economics, Michigan, Minnesota, MIT (Sloan), NBER Research Meetings in Market Microstructure, New York Fed-NYU Conference on Financial Intermediation, Northwestern, Oxford, Princeton, Southern Methodist University, Toulouse, Wharton and University College London for comments, and to Ramin Baghai-Wadji, Wailin Yip, Or Shachar and Yili Zhang for their research assistance. Brandon Lindley's help with numerical solutions was particularly helpful. A part of this paper was completed while Viral Acharya was at London Business School and while visiting Stanford-GSB. The usual disclaimer applies. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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