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The Economics of Capital Regulation in Financial Conglomerates


  • Alan D. Morrison



Financial conglomerates combine banking, insurance and other financial services within a single corporation. In this non-technical paper I consider the rationale for capital regulation in such firms and I examine some current policy questions in the light of this discussion. My first conclusion is that the different institutional structure of bank and insurance companies mitigates against harmonisation of capital requirements across different conglomerate businesses. I also question the received industry view that regulators should account for diversification effects at the holding company level.

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  • Alan D. Morrison, 2002. "The Economics of Capital Regulation in Financial Conglomerates," OFRC Working Papers Series 2002fe08, Oxford Financial Research Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbs:wpsefe:2002fe08

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    1. Benjamin Lorent, 2006. "Raisons fondamentales d'une régulation prudentielle du secteur des assurances," Brussels Economic Review, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles, vol. 49(3), pages 203-244.
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    4. Albulescu, Claudiu Tiberiu, 2008. "Central Bank or Single Financial Supervision Authority: The Romanian Case," MPRA Paper 17225, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Jan 2009.

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