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Bank Regulations are Changing: For Better or Worse?

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  • James R Barth

    (Auburn University, 303 Lowder Business Building , Auburn, AL 36849, USA)

  • Gerard Caprio

    (Department of Economics, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA)

  • Ross Levine

    (Department of Economics, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA)

Abstract

This paper presents new and official survey information on bank regulations in 142 countries and makes comparisons with two earlier surveys. The data do not suggest that countries have primarily reformed their bank regulations for the better over the last decade. Following Basel guidelines many countries strengthened capital regulations and official supervisory agencies, but existing evidence suggests that these reforms will not improve bank stability or efficiency. While some countries have empowered private monitoring of banks, consistent with the third pillar of Basel II, there are many exceptions and reversals along this dimension. Comparative Economic Studies (2008) 50, 537–563. doi:10.1057/ces.2008.33

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  • James R Barth & Gerard Caprio & Ross Levine, 2008. "Bank Regulations are Changing: For Better or Worse?," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 50(4), pages 537-563, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:50:y:2008:i:4:p:537-563
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