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Regulation and banking: a survey


  • G.E. Hebbink
  • H.M. Prast


This report presents an overview of the theory of regulation in general, with special attention for the regulation of banks. Two theories of government regulation are described. The first, normative, theory uses market failures as the justification of government regulation. The second, positive, theory explains the existence of regulation as the outcome of the interaction between politicy makers and pressure groups. The second half of the report is devoted to bank regulation. It is argued, that it is the combination of withdrawable deposits and illiquid, non-marketable assets that justifies regulation. The effects of regulatory policies in the form of deposit insurance, capital requirements, bank monitoring, bank closure policy as well as the optimal design of regulatory policy are discussed. From a first look at the practice of regulation it is concluded, that the theoretical recommendations are to a certain degree already applied in practice. Examples are risk-related capital requirements and deposit insurance premiums.

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  • G.E. Hebbink & H.M. Prast, 1998. "Regulation and banking: a survey," WO Research Memoranda (discontinued) 565, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:dnb:wormem:565

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    1. Gabe J. De Bondt & Henriette M. Prast, 2000. "Bank capital ratios in the 1990s: cross-country evidence," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 53(212), pages 71-97.
    2. Al-Jarhi, Mabid Ali M. M., 2016. "An Economic Theory of Islamic Finance Regulation," Islamic Economic Studies, The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), vol. 24, pages 1-44.
    3. Al-Jarhi, Mabid, 2014. "Towards an Economic Theory of Islamic Finance Regulation," MPRA Paper 66744, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2014.

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    regulation; banking;

    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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