Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
Systematic Risk, Missing Gold Flows, and the Panic of 1907
Volume 14, Number 2; Summer 2011
This paper investigates the potential systemic risks posed to the U.S. securities markets by the banking crisis during the Panic of 1907. Past studies of 1907 have focused almost exclusively on the banking crisis. Our study examines the mechanisms that minimized the spillover of the banking crisis, and allowed the U.S. capital markets to remain not only open, but also relatively liquid, during the crisis. We show that contractual arrangements in the securities markets helped to minimize spillover effects, and that global arbitrage of U.S. securities allowed the U.S. to draw significant liquidity from European markets in times of crisis.
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Rodgers, Mary Tone and Wilson, Berry K. "Systemic Risk, Missing Gold Flows and the Panic of 1907." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 14, No. 2 (Summer 2011): 158-187.