An Agent Based Propagation Model of Bank Failures

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 676)


In this paper, we analyze a network model of banking relationships in the inter-banking market and with clients using an Agent Based approach. In order to study the relationships between different agents, accounting and financial concepts are used. The goal is to understand how propagation of failures in the banking network occurs in a very short run analysis. For this purpose, an outside credit shock on one of the banks is triggered and the cascade effect of failures is simulated. This approach contributes with three new aspects to existing literature. First, three different types of agents are used in the same simulation with their own micro-behaviors—banks, consumers and a central bank; second, both credit and liquidity shocks under market stress conditions are considered; and, third, a scale-free network topology for the inter-banking relationships is adopted, which is more consistent with reality. In order to create the model and run the simulations, Netlogo Software has been used. The simulations show the presence of systemic risk for certain setups and their analysis provide some insights for policy makers on questions about solvability minimum requirements along with market regulation.


Banking networks Contagion Credit risk Financial crisis Liquidity risk Systemic risk Tipping points 



The work of author Pedro Campos is financially supported by FCT—Fundação Portuguesa para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/MEC—Ministério da Educação e Ciência through national funds (PIDDAC) and the ERDF—European Regional Development Fund through ON2 North Portugal Regional Operational Programme within project “NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000059.”

The work of author Paulo Garrido was financially supported by FCT, Fundação Portuguesa para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, through the Program PEst, Strategic Program of the Algoritmi Research Center, Project FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-022674.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LIAAD INESC TEC and Faculdade de EconomiaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Escola de EngenhariaUniversidade do MinhoBragaPortugal

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