Global Banks' Leverage and its Macroeconomic Effects


This paper develops a tractable multi-country model of the international banking system and shows that a country’s net external position against global banks -its assets on global banks minus its liabilities towards global banks- plays a key role in explaining its macroeconomic response to a change in global financial conditions. Countries with higher net external liabilities against global banks tend to experience a larger drop in their current account balance and in their risky asset prices, and a larger depreciation of their exchange rate following a deleveraging by global banks. The main predictions of the model are borne out in the data.

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Julien Acalin
Julien Acalin
PhD candidate in Economics

I am a PhD candidate in economics at Johns Hopkins University. My research interests include international macro-finance, capital flows, and public debt.