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MERCURE : A Macroprudential Stress Testing Model developed at the ACPR


  • B. Camara
  • F.-D. Castellani
  • H. Fraisse
  • L. Frey
  • C. Héam
  • L. Labonne
  • V. Martin


The French Supervisory Authority got involved into macro stress testing exercises stress since the first Financial Stability Assessment Program (“FSAP”) led by the IMF in France in 2004. Along “bottom up” exercises led at the national or international level, the ACPR has developed a “top down” stress testing model. This model was primarily focused on credit risks. Over the years, its risk coverage has substantially been extended and this article provides an update. Some risks make explicitly part of a dedicated analysis –for example the risks related to banks’ retail activities. More attention is now given to contagion effects, sectorial shocks and concentration risks. Financial institutions other than banks are considered. More granular data allow for a more refined analysis.

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  • B. Camara & F.-D. Castellani & H. Fraisse & L. Frey & C. Héam & L. Labonne & V. Martin, 2015. "MERCURE : A Macroprudential Stress Testing Model developed at the ACPR," Débats économiques et financiers 19, Banque de France.
  • Handle: RePEc:bfr:decfin:19

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    1. Stéphane Loisel, 2014. "Reevaluation of the capital charge in insurance after a large shock: empirical and theoretical views," Post-Print hal-02013669, HAL.
    2. J. Hombert & V. Lyonnet, 2017. "Intergenerational Risk Sharing in Life Insurance: Evidence from France," Débats économiques et financiers 30, Banque de France.
    3. Stéphane Loisel, 2014. "Reevaluation of the capital charge in insurance after a large shock: empirical and theoretical views," Post-Print hal-02013669, HAL.
    4. Aurélien Violon & Dominique Durant & Oana Toader, 2018. "The Impact of the Identification of GSIBs on their Business Model," Débats économiques et financiers 33, Banque de France.

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    Stress Testing; Systemic Risk; Macroprudential Policy.;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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