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Supervising Cross-Border Banks: Theory, Evidence and Policy (Revised version of CentER Discussion Paper 2011-127)

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  • Beck, T.H.L.
  • Todorov, R.I.
  • Wagner, W.B.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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Abstract: This paper analyzes the distortions that banks’ cross-border activities, such as foreign assets, deposits and equity, can introduce into regulatory interventions. We find that while each individual dimension of cross-border activities distorts the incentives of a domestic regulator, a balanced amount of cross-border activities does not necessarily cause inefficiencies, as the various distortions can offset each other. Empirical analysis using bank-level data from the recent crisis provide support to our theoretical findings. Specifically, banks with a higher share of foreign deposits and assets and a lower foreign equity share were intervened at a more fragile state, reflecting the distorted incentives of national regulators. We discuss several implications for the supervision of cross-border banks in Europe.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2012-059.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2012059

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Keywords: Bank regulation; bank resolution; cross-border banking;

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