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Bank Capital, Liquidity, and Systemic Risk

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  • Jürgen Eichberger

    (University of Heidelberg,)

  • Martin Summer

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank,)

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We analyze the impact of capital adequacy regulation on bank insolvency and aggregate investment. We develop a model of the banking system that is characterized by the interaction of many heterogeneous banks with the real sector, interbank credit relations as a consequence of bank liquidity management, and an insolvency mechanism. This allows us to study the impact of capital adequacy regulation on systemic risk. In particular we can analyze the impact of regulation on contagious defaults arising from mutual credit relations. We show that the impact of capital adequacy on systemic stability is ambiguous and that systemic risk might actually increase as a consequence of imposing capital constraints on banks. (JEL: G21, G28, E44) Copyright (c) 2005 The European Economic Association.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2-3 (04/05)
Pages: 547-555

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Cited by:
  1. Itai Agur, 2014. "Bank Risk Within and Across Equilibria," IMF Working Papers 14/116, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Krause, Andreas & Giansante, Simone, 2012. "Interbank lending and the spread of bank failures: A network model of systemic risk," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 83(3), pages 583-608.
  3. VanHoose, David, 2011. "Systemic Risk and Macroprudential Bank Regulation: A Critical Appraisal," Journal of Financial Transformation, Capco Institute, vol. 33, pages 45-60.
  4. Gerhard Illing, 2007. "Financial Stability and Monetary Policy – A Framework," CESifo Working Paper Series 1971, CESifo Group Munich.

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