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Is the Leverage of European Commercial Banks Pro-Cyclical?

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  • Angelo Baglioni

    () (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Andrea Boitani

    () (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Massimo Liberatore

    () (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Andrea Monticini

    () (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

Abstract

Detecting whether banks?leverage is indeed procyclical is relevant to support the view that booms and crises may be reinforced by some sort of supply side ?nancial accelerator, whilst ?nding a plausible ex- planation of banks?behaviour is crucial to trace the road for a sensible reform of ?nancial regulation and managers? incentives. The paper shows that procyclical leverage appears to be well entrenched in the behaviour of a sample of major European banks, which are commonly labelled as mainly "commercial banks".

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  • Angelo Baglioni & Andrea Boitani & Massimo Liberatore & Andrea Monticini, 2010. "Is the Leverage of European Commercial Banks Pro-Cyclical?," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza ief0093, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctc:serie3:ief0093
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    Keywords

    Banks; Pro-cyclicality; Financial Regulation.;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles

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