The Distortive Effects of Too-Big-To-Fail: Evidence from the Danish Market for Retail Deposits
Niels Johannesen, Adam Sheridan and Thais Lærkholm's paper has been accepted in Review of Financial Studies
We study the impact of too big to fail (TBTF) guarantees on bank competition for retail deposits. Exploiting information about all personal deposit accounts in Denmark and salient changes to the deposit insurance limit, we provide evidence that systemically important banks successfully retain and attract uninsured deposits in a crisis at the expense of other banks even as they differentially lower their interest rates. The funding shock suffered by non-systemic banks causes a decrease in their lending. The results point to distortive effects of TBTF guarantees in the market for retail deposits.