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Explaining bank failures: deposit insurance, regulation, and efficiency

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  • David C. Wheelock
  • Paul W. Wilson

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This paper uses micro-level historical data to examine the causes of bank failure. For state charactered Kansas banks during 19 10-28, time-to-failure is explicitly modeled using a proportional hazards framework. In addition to standard financial ratios, this study includes membership in the voluntary state deposit insurance system and measures of technical efficiency to explain bank failure. The results indicate that deposit insurance system membership increased theprobability of failure and banks which were technically inefficient were more likely to fail than technically efficient banks.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 1993-002.

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Date of creation: 1993
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economics and Statistics, November 1995
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:1993-002

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