OECD Economics Department Working Papers

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1815-1973 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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Author(s):
Patrick Slovik1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
11 Dec 2012
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No.:
916
Pages
18
DOI
10.1787/5kg0ps8cq8q6-en

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Bank regulation might have contributed to or even reinforced adverse systemic shocks that materialised during the financial crisis. Capital regulation based on risk-weighted assets encourages innovation designed to circumvent regulatory requirements and shifts banks’ focus away from their core economic functions. Tighter capital requirements based on risk-weighted assets may further contribute to these skewed incentives. The estimated macroeconomic costs of redirecting banks’ attention away from such unconventional business practices are low. During a medium-term adjustment period, for each percentage point of bank equity, regulation that is not based on risk-weighted assets would affect annual GDP growth by -0.02 percentage point more than under the risk-weighted assets framework. Refocusing banks’ attention toward their main economic functions is a core requirement for durable financial stability and sustainable economic growth.
Keywords:
Basel III, financial stability, Too-big-to-fail, capital requirements, Basel accord, Bank Leverage, financial regulation, systemically important financial institutions
JEL Classification:
  • G01: Financial Economics / General / Financial Crises
  • G21: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Banks; Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
  • G28: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Government Policy and Regulation