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The Effects of Bank Capital on Lending: What Do We Know, and What Does It Mean?


  • Douglas Gale

    (New York University)


Capital requirements are the principal tool of macroprudential regulation of banks. Bank capital serves both as a buffer and as a disincentive to excessive risk taking. When general equilibrium effects are taken into account, however, it is not clear that higher capital requirements will reduce the level of risk in the banking system. In addition, an increase in the required capital ratio can force banks to take on more risk in order to achieve target rates of return.

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  • Douglas Gale, 2010. "The Effects of Bank Capital on Lending: What Do We Know, and What Does It Mean?," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 6(34), pages 187-204, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijc:ijcjou:y:2010:q:4:a:9

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    1. Gianni De Nicolo & Marcella Lucchetta, 2009. "Financial Intermediation, Competition, and Risk; A General Equilibrium Exposition," IMF Working Papers 09/105, International Monetary Fund.
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    1. Yener Altunbas & Michiel van Leuvensteijn & David Marques-Ibanez, 2013. "Competition And Bank Risk: The Role Of Securitization And Bank Capital," Working Papers 13005, Bangor Business School, Prifysgol Bangor University (Cymru / Wales).
    2. Ivana Catturani & Erika Dalpiaz, 2017. "Alternative classifications of Italian banks:Do different grouping rules mislead results on the risk profile of banks?," DEM Working Papers 2017/11, Department of Economics and Management.

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    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • 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


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