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Sophistication in Risk Management, Bank Equity, and Stability

  • Jan Wenzelburger

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    (Keele University, Centre for Economic Research and School of Economic and Management Studies)

  • Hans Gersbach

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    (Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich and CEPR)

We investigate the question of whether sophistication in risk management fosters banking stability. We compare a simple banking system in which an average rating is used with a sophisticated banking system in which banks are able to assess the default risk of entrepreneurs individually. Both banking systems compete for deposits, loans, and bank equity. While a sophisticated system rewards entrepreneurs with low default risks with low loan interest rates, a simple system acquires more bank equity and finances more entrepreneurs. Expected repayments in a simple system are always higher and its default risk is lower if productivity is sufficiently high. Expected aggregate consumption of entrepreneurs, however, is higher in a sophisticated banking system.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Research, Keele University in its series Keele Economics Research Papers with number KERP 2007/08.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:kee:kerpuk:2007/08
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