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The Cost of Regulatory Capital



Banks contend that equity capital is expensive and that an increase in capital requirements will adversely impact bank services, including the volume and cost of mortgages and corporate loans. For example, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said in 2017 that “It is clear that the banks have too much capital…and more of that capital can be safely used to finance the economy.” In a recent staff report, we compare the different treatments of short-term credit commitments under the Basel I and Basel II Accords to assess the effect of capital regulation on banks’ cost of capital.

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  • Matthew Plosser & João A. C. Santos, 2018. "The Cost of Regulatory Capital," Liberty Street Economics 20181003, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:87281

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    1. Yasmeen Akhtar & Ghulam Mujtaba Kayani & Tahir Yousaf, 2019. "The Effects of Regulatory Capital Requirements and Ownership Structure on Bank Lending in Emerging Asian Markets," JRFM, MDPI, vol. 12(3), pages 1-20, September.
    2. Liao, Rose C. & Loureiro, Gilberto & Taboada, Alvaro G., 2022. "Gender quotas and bank risk," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 52(C).

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    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services


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