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Robust capital regulation

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  • Viral Acharya
  • Hamid Mehran
  • Til Schuermann
  • Anjan Thakor

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Regulators and markets can find the balance sheets of large financial institutions difficult to penetrate, and they are mindful of how undercapitalization can create incentives to take on excessive risk. This study proposes a novel framework for capital regulation that addresses banks' incentives to take on excessive risk and leverage. The framework consists of a special capital account in addition to a core capital requirement. The special account would accrue to a bank's shareholders as long as the bank is solvent, but would pass to the bank's regulators—rather than its creditors—if the bank fails. By design, this special account thus limits risk taking, but ensures that creditors' disciplining incentives are preserved.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its journal Current Issues in Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 18 (2012)
Issue (Month): May ()
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednci:y:2012:i:may:n:v.18no.4

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Keywords: Assets (Accounting) ; Risk management ; Bank capital ; Bank supervision;

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  1. Viral V. Acharya & João A. C. Santos & Tanju Yorulmazer, 2010. "Systemic risk and deposit insurance premiums," Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, issue Aug, pages 89-99.
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  3. Hamid Mehran & Anjan Thakor, 2009. "Bank capital and value in the cross section," Staff Reports 390, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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  1. Arthur Petit-Romec, 2011. "L'intérêt d'un renforcement des fonds propres bancaires (et de mesures complémentaires) pour concilier stabilité financière, performance et bon fonctionnement des banques," Post-Print dumas-00643745, HAL.
  2. Lucyna Gornicka & Sweder van Wijnbergen, 2013. "Financial Frictions and the Credit Transmission Channel: Capital Requirements and Bank Capital," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-013/VI/DSF50, Tinbergen Institute.

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