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Do capital requirements affect bank efficiency? Evidence from China

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  • Pessarossi, Pierre
  • Weill, Laurent

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This paper contributes to the debate on the effect of capital requirements on bank effieciency. We study the relation between capital ratio and bank efficiency for Chinese banks over the period 2004?2009, taking advantage of the profound regulatory changes in capital requirements that occurred during this period to measure the exogenous impact of an in-crease in the capital ratio on banks' cost efficiency. We find that such an increase has a positive effect on cost efficiency, the size of which depends to an extent on the bank's ownership type. Our results therefore suggest that capital requirements can improve bank efficiency. JEL Codes: G21, G28 Keywords: bank, capital requirements, efficiency, China

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  • Pessarossi, Pierre & Weill, Laurent, 2013. "Do capital requirements affect bank efficiency? Evidence from China," BOFIT Discussion Papers 28/2013, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
  • Handle: RePEc:bof:bofitp:2013_028
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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

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