, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 215–225 | Cite as

Bad bank(s) and the recapitalisation of the banking sector

  • Dorothea Schäfer
  • Klaus F. Zimmermann
Bad Banks


With banking sectors worldwide still suffering from the effects of the financial crisis, public discussion of plans to place toxic assets in one or more bad banks has gained steam in recent weeks. The following paper presents a plan how governments can efficiently relieve ailing banks from toxic assets by transferring these assets into a publicly sponsored workout unit, a so-called bad bank. This plan effectively addresses three key challenges. It provides for the transparent removal of toxic assets and gives the banks a fresh start. At the same time, it offers the chance to keep the cost to taxpayers low. In addition, the risk of moral hazard is curtailed.


Banking Sector Hedge Fund Equity Capital Saving Bank German Government 
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© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothea Schäfer
    • 1
  • Klaus F. Zimmermann
    • 2
  1. 1.DIW Berlin and Free University of BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.DIW Berlin, IZA, CEPRUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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