Giovanni Covi (European Central Bank) on "CoMap: Mapping Contagion in the Euro Area Banking Sector"

Speaker:  Giovanni Covi - European Central Bank
  Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Sala Vaona
This paper presents a novel approach to investigate and model the network of euro area banks’ large exposures within the global banking system. Drawing on a unique dataset, the paper documents the degree of interconnectedness and systemic risk of the euro area banking system based on bilateral linkages. We then develop a Contagion Mapping (CoMap) methodology to study contagion potential of an exogenous default shock via counterparty credit and funding risks. We construct contagion and vulnerability indices measuring respectively the systemic importance of banks and their degree of fragility. Decomposing the results into the respective contributions by credit and funding shock provides insights to the nature of contagion which can be used to calibrate bank-specific capital and liquidity requirements and large exposures limits. We find that tipping points shifting the euro area banking system from a less vulnerable state to a highly vulnerable state are a non-linear function of the combination of network structures and bank specific characteristics.  

Contact person
Riccardo Fiorentini

Publication date
October 4, 2018