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Behind the scenes of the beauty contest: window dressing and the G-SIB framework

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  • Behn, Markus
  • Mangiante, Giacomo
  • Parisi, Laura
  • Wedow, Michael

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This paper illustrates that systemically important banks reduce a range of activities at year-end, leading to lower additional capital requirements in the form of G-SIB buffers. The effects are stronger for banks with higher incentives to reduce the indicators, and for banks with balance sheet structures that can more easily be adjusted. The observed reduction in activity may imply an overall underestimation of banks' systemic importance as well as a distortion in their relative ranking, with implications for banks' ability to absorb losses. Moreover, a reduction in the provision of certain services at year-end may adversely affect overall market functioning. JEL Classification: G20, G21, G28

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  • Behn, Markus & Mangiante, Giacomo & Parisi, Laura & Wedow, Michael, 2019. "Behind the scenes of the beauty contest: window dressing and the G-SIB framework," Working Paper Series 2298, European Central Bank.
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    bank regulation; systemically important banks; window dressing;
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    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • 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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