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Financial Reform, Institutional Interdependency, and Supervisory Failure in the Post-Crisis Korea


  • Hong-Bum Kim

    (Gyeongsang National University, Seoul, Korea)

  • Chung Lee

    () (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)


In the wake of the economic crisis of 1997-98 South Korea undertook a number of reforms in financial supervision. In spite of these reforms doubts have been raised as to whether Korea has in fact succeeded in creating a system of financial supervision capable of dealing with certain risks and responding to new challenges appropriately. This paper argues that because of institutional interdependency a successful institutional reform requires changing not only the particular institution at issue but also other inter-related institutions; that Korea’s post-crisis reform in financial supervision was limited to changing formal institutions for financial supervision; and that further reforms are needed in other institutions—formal as well as informal—if Korea is to further improve financial supervision.

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  • Hong-Bum Kim & Chung Lee, 2005. "Financial Reform, Institutional Interdependency, and Supervisory Failure in the Post-Crisis Korea," Working Papers 200510, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:200510

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    financial reform; institutional interdependency; Korea’s post-crisis reform in financial supervision;

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    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • N20 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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