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Benefits and Costs of Bank Capital

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  • Jihad Dagher
  • Giovanni Dell'Ariccia
  • Luc Laeven
  • Lev Ratnovski
  • Hui Tong

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The appropriate level of bank capital and, more generally, a bank’s capacity to absorb losses, has been at the core of the post-crisis policy debate. This paper contributes to the debate by focusing on how much capital would have been needed to avoid imposing losses on bank creditors or resorting to public recapitalizations of banks in past banking crises. The paper also looks at the welfare costs of tighter capital regulation by reviewing the evidence on its potential impact on bank credit and lending rates. Its findings broadly support the range of loss absorbency suggested by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the Basel Committee for systemically important banks.

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  • Jihad Dagher & Giovanni Dell'Ariccia & Luc Laeven & Lev Ratnovski & Hui Tong, 2016. "Benefits and Costs of Bank Capital," IMF Staff Discussion Notes 16/04, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfsdn:16/04
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    1. Bank Capital and Stress Tests: The Foundation of a Thriving Economy
      by Steve Cecchetti and Kim Schoenholtz in Money, Banking and Financial Markets on 2018-07-23 11:26:07

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