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Prudential Regulation and Competition in Financial Markets You or your institution have access to this content

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Rudiger Ahrend, Jens Arnold1, Fabrice Murtin
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  • 1: OECD, France

01 Dec 2009
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This paper examines how a range of stability-oriented regulatory policies for banking and insurance are related to selected stability and competition outcomes in these sectors. Based on survey information on financial market regulation, policy indicators for eight areas of prudential banking regulation are constructed, in addition to indicators for the insurance sector. Despite incomplete information on some areas that turned out to be important in the context of the recent financial crisis, the indicators correlate well with different measures of financial stability, both during the recent crisis and beyond. Furthermore, the results do not support the view that there is a general trade-off between stability-oriented regulatory policies and competition in banking and insurance.
stability, insurance, banking, prudential regulation, competition
JEL Classification:
  • E44: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Money and Interest Rates / Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
  • G01: Financial Economics / General / Financial Crises
  • G14: Financial Economics / General Financial Markets / Information and Market Efficiency ; Event Studies ; Insider Trading
  • G21: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Banks ; Depository Institutions ; Micro Finance Institutions ; Mortgages
  • G22: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Insurance ; Insurance Companies ; Actuarial Studies
  • G28: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Government Policy and Regulation
  • L11: Industrial Organization / Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance / Production, Pricing, and Market Structure ; Size Distribution of Firms
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