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Basel III B: Basel III Overview


  • Christian M. McNamara
  • Michael Wedow
  • Andrew Metrick



In the wake of the financial crisis of 2007-2009, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) faced the critical task of diagnosing what went wrong and then updating regulatory standards aimed at preventing it from occurring again. In seeking to strengthen the microprudential regulation associated with the earlier Basel Accords while also adding a macroprudential overlay, Basel III consists of proposals in three main areas intended to address 1) capital reform, 2) liquidity standards, and 3) systemic risk and interconnectedness. This case considers the causes of the 2007-2009 financial crisis and what they suggest about weaknesses in the Basel regime as it then existed. It then summarizes the provisions of Basel III to allow for an evaluation of whether it was an effective response to the causes of the financial crisis.

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  • Christian M. McNamara & Michael Wedow & Andrew Metrick, 2014. "Basel III B: Basel III Overview," Yale School of Management YPFS Cases 46779, Yale School of Management, revised Feb 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:ysm:ypfswp:46779

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    1. Bin Liu & Charles Cullinan & Junrui Zhang & Fangjun Wang, 2016. "Loan guarantees and the cost of debt: evidence from China," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(38), pages 3626-3643, August.
    2. repec:gam:jijfss:v:6:y:2018:i:3:p:81-:d:169171 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Systemic Risk; Financial Crises; Financial Regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation


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