Debt runs played a central role in the financial crisis of 2007-2008,
reigniting the debate about their causes and how they can be prevented. This
research uses the 2007 asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) crisis as a basis
to study the determinants of debt runs.
This paper can may be of specific interest to financial institutions, as it
has clear implications about the design of off-balance sheet investments, the
degree of maturity mismatch between debt and assets, the strength of the credit
guarantees and, most importantly, exactly how much leverage is unsafe. This
discussion is timely, given the efforts by the Vickers report and the Liikanen
report to address the problems of shadow banking.