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Precautionary Hoarding of Liquidity and Inter-Bank Markets: Evidence from the Sub-prime Crisis

Viral V. Acharya, Ouarda Merrouche

NBER Working Paper No. 16395
Issued in September 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

A part of this paper was completed while Acharya was a Senior Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England (BoE) and a Professor of Finance at London Business School, and Ouarda Merrouche was an Economist at the BoE's Financial Stability Directorate. This paper reflects the authors' own opinion and not necessarily those of the BoE. Acharya is grateful for the support of BSI Gamma Foundation and Europlace de Finance. Authors are grateful to seminar participants at the Bangor Business School, Bank of England, BSI Gamma Foundation's September 2008 Conference in Zurich, the CREDIT Conference 2008 in Venice, De Paul University, the Euronext conference in Amsterdam 2009, the European Central Bank, Europlace de Finance conference 2009, FIRS Conference 2010, Goethe University, the Kansas Fed, the NBER Summer Institute 2009, University of Waterloo, Unicredit Conference 2009, the World Bank, the paper's discussants (Morten Bech, Catharine Casamatta, Hans Degryse, Arvind Krishnamurthy, David Lando, Loriana Pelizzon and Enrichetta Ravina), Jose Liberti, Kjell Nyborg, Raghuram Rajan, Amit Seru, Vikrant Vig, and especially Roger Clews and Simon Wells (for helpful discussions and insights concerning BoE's monetary policy framework and Sterling money markets). We thank Rachel Bracken and Liz Tregear for help with collecting the data and Rustom Irani for research assistance. All errors remain our own. Contact: vacharya@stern.nyu.edu and ouarda.merrouche@eui.eu 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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