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Are bank capital ratios pro-cyclical? New evidence and perspectives

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  • Michael Brei

    () (EconomiX - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Leonardo Gambacorta

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This paper analyses how the new Basel III leverage ratio and risk-weighted regulatory capital ratio behave over the cycle. The analysis proposes a set-up to test for the cyclical properties of bank capital ratios, taking into account structural shifts in banks’ behaviour during the global financial crisis and its aftermath. Using a large data set covering international banks headquartered in 14 advanced economies for the period 1994–2012, we find that the Basel III leverage ratio is significantly more countercyclical than the risk-weighted regulatory capital ratio: it is a tighter constraint for banks in booms and a looser constraint in recessions.
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  • Michael Brei & Leonardo Gambacorta, 2016. "Are bank capital ratios pro-cyclical? New evidence and perspectives," Post-Print hal-01410653, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01410653
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