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Managerial ability as a tool for prudential regulation

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  • Curi, Claudia
  • Lozano-Vivas, Ana

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The new prudential regulation framework, established by the European Central Bank (ECB) after the financial crisis encompasses supervisory procedures to measure and monitor bank business models, capital requirements, governance arrangements and liquidity risk. However, research on financial stability has revealed that, during financial crises, it would have been essential to monitor the vulnerability of banks by also assessing the value of their intangible assets. We contribute to the extant literature by examining the impact of a specific intangible asset—namely, managerial ability—on bank risk-taking. Given the interest of the regulatory authority in monitoring financial stability, we quantify management ability and document its double effects on bank risk-taking: the indirect effect through franchise value and its direct effect. We examine a sample of listed banks from 15 EU countries over the period 1997–2016. We find that higher managerial ability is associated with higher franchise value, contributing to a decrease in bank risk-taking (indirect effect), particularly for small banks and during financial crisis. Moreover, managerial ability reduces bank risk-taking through its direct effect. Our evidence suggests that managerial ability could be considered a measure (easily estimated) for regulating the disciplinary role of franchise value and, used in combination with current regulatory measures, could lead to supervisors achieving more effective management oversight.

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  • Curi, Claudia & Lozano-Vivas, Ana, 2020. "Managerial ability as a tool for prudential regulation," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 174(C), pages 87-107.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:174:y:2020:i:c:p:87-107
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2020.03.023
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    Managerial ability; Franchise value; Risk; Financial stability; Regulation;
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    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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