Bank Capital Regulation and Risk Taking
210 pages, year of publication: 2006
price: 40.50 EUR
Financial Structure , Bank Lending , Capital Regulation , International Lending Flows , Emerging Markets
Banking is one of the most regulated industries. The arguments for an extensive regulation of the banking industry is rooted in the importance in banks of financial economic development and the economic costs associated with financial instabilityin the banking system. In order to design an adequate regulatory framework that ensures financial stability it is the decisive to understand the impact of regulation on banks' risk taking. As a starting point, I review the literature on the various instruments of bank regulation with a particular focus on capital regulation. In chapter 3, I provide the reader with a description of the banking system and the regulatory framework in Germany. Chapter 4 examines the role of banks' capitalization of banks did not slow down lending supply. In chapter 5, I analyze the impact of minimum capital requirements under Basel 2 on bank lending to emerging markets. The results confirm that bank lending will not be subject to dramatic shifts due to a reform in capital regulation.