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The Impact of regulatory capital regulation on balance sheet structure, intermediation cost and growth


  • Pierre-Charles Pradier

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, LABEX Refi - ESCP Europe - Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris)

  • Hamza El Khalloufi

    () (PRISM - Pôle de recherche interdisciplinaire en sciences du management - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, LABEX Refi - ESCP Europe - Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris)


As Europe is subject to a protracted recession, it should be asked whether the reform of the financial sector is not costly in terms of potential growth. Our analysis shows that the negative effect of the Basel III package excepted by the pre-QE studies are almost annihilated today. The recession must then have other causes: falling corporate lending volumes resulted from falling demand in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but this is longer the case. The EU is trying to incentivize corporate lending, via forward guidance as well as ‘supporting factor' cutting down the Basel capital requirements. The macroeconomic theorists are trying to account for future success of monetary policy around zero nominal interest rate via the risk-taking channel. All these clever initiatives failed to deliver. As a consequence, we might infer that banks are simply not taking any risks: rather than appealing to risk aversion, we would like to argue that the banks seem especially embarrassed by future regulatory developments, which appear remote and uncertain. The binding constraint for corporate lending and growth in the EU is then plausibly a combination of banks' expectations of future regulation and strong uncertainty aversion. While we offer some mitigation prospects, we hope that the theoretical developments of the recent years will quickly yield both theoretical advances and practical results.

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  • Pierre-Charles Pradier & Hamza El Khalloufi, 2016. "The Impact of regulatory capital regulation on balance sheet structure, intermediation cost and growth," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-01390915, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-01390915
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    1. Matheron, J. & Antipa, P., 2014. "Interactions between monetary and macroprudential policies," Financial Stability Review, Banque de France, issue 18, pages 225-240, April.
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    banking; financial regulation; bancaire; réglementation bancaire;

    JEL classification:

    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises


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