Bank Failures: The Deposit Insurance Connection
AbstractIt is generally accepted that banks must be regulated so as to avoid the moral hazard situation that deposit insurance generates. Accepting this argument implies that expanded bank powers must await deposit insurance reform. This article rejects the accepted view and argues instead that the existing regulatory system enhances rather than diminishes the riskiness of banks' portfolios. The article argues that the benefits from permitting banks to diversify probably would outweigh the costs. It concludes, however, that deposit insurance is a major culprit in the current wave of bank failures. Copyright 1988 Western Economic Association International.
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Volume (Year): 6 (1988)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
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