MIT GCFP and MIT DCI co-host talk by President of Deutsche Bundesbank

Presentation and Fireside Chat with Boston Fed President/CEO

SAVE THE DATE: Oct 24-25, GCFP 11th Annual Conference

MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy

How Much Do Guarantees and Bailouts Cost the Government?


Governments in advanced economies absorb a large and growing share of aggregate
credit risk. That exposure arises from explicit and implicit contingent liabilities such as the ones that culminated in bailouts during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and from loan guarantees extended during the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the growth of credit policy as a crisis response tool and substitute for traditional fiscal assistance, governments continue to underreport the associated costs and risks. More comprehensive and timely cost estimates, produced using a fair value framework, would increase transparency and discourage overreliance on these policies. Such cost estimates for the GFC bailouts and Covid-19 pandemic guarantee programs reveal costs that were an order of magnitude lower than the risk exposures those policies entailed but nevertheless were large enough to call into question whether less expensive and less risky policy alternatives could have achieved the same goals.

Read the full paper here.

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