Market Procyclicality and Systemic Risk
Paolo Tasca and Stefano Battiston
SSRN Electronic Journal (2012)
We model the systemic risk associated with the so - called balance - sheet ampliﬁcation mechanism in a system of banks with interlocked balance sheets and with positions in real - economy - related assets. Our modeling framework integrates a stochastic price dynamics with an active balance - sheet management aimed to maintain the Value - at - Risk at a target level. We ﬁnd that a strong compliance with capital requirements, usually alleged to be procyclical, does not increase systemic risk unless the asset market is illiquid. Conversely, when the asset market is illiquid, even a weak compliance with capital requirements increases signiﬁcantly systemic risk. Our ﬁndings have implications in terms of possible macro - prudential policies to mitigate systemic risk.