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Breaking up the Bank: Alternative Proposals to Separate Banking Activities. A Critical Analysis

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  • Giampaolo Gabbi

    (University of Siena-Department of Management and Law)

  • Andrea Sironi

    (“Luigi Bocconi” University-Department of Finance, Milan)

Abstract

Since the onset of the recent financial crisis, discussions have been taking place around a set of proposals with a view to reducing the probability that 'it could happen again’. Along with new rules related to bank capital and liquidity buffers, the hyper-speculative exposure of some financial players has stimulated a debate on the recommendations that commercial banks and depositors should be ring-fenced. Theoretical assumptions and pros and cons of these proposals are compared, to conclude that a mixed regulatory model based on prudential and structural rules could fail the purpose to make the financial system both safe and efficient.

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  • Giampaolo Gabbi & Andrea Sironi, 2014. "Breaking up the Bank: Alternative Proposals to Separate Banking Activities. A Critical Analysis," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, issue 2, pages 17-37, April-Jun.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:y:2014:i:2:p:17-37
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    Keywords

    financial regulation; investment banking; financial crisis.;
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    JEL classification:

    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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