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Countercyclical Capital Regulation and Bank Ownership Structure

This paper develops a macroeconomic framework where the representative bank is owned by inside and outside owners and copes with capital requirements that vary countercyclically. The issuance of outside equity is characterized getting insights from the literature on corporate governance, especially that on corporate governance and investor protection. The insider receives utility benefits from the diversion of dividends, but the costs of diversion increase with the size of bank equity owned by outsiders. The goal is to see to what extent the willingness of insiders to share the bank with outsiders is affected by capital regulation. I find a negative link, which holds only if capital restrictions vary countercyclically. Thinking of a positive shock, the justification for such a negative link is that the shock leads not only to tighter regulation, but also to higher expected dividends and, relatedly, to higher agency costs affecting the distribution of earnings.

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Paper provided by Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies in its series IHEID Working Papers with number 14-2012.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 21 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:gii:giihei:heidwp14-2012
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