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The effects of prudential policies on bank leverage and insolvency risk in Central and Eastern Europe

Mihai Niţoi, Dorina Clichici and Simona Moagăr-Poladian

Economic Modelling, 2019, vol. 81, issue C, 148-160

Abstract: This paper analyses the effects of prudential policies on leverage and insolvency risk in eleven Central and Eastern Europe banking systems in the 2005–2014 period. It explores the relationship between leverage, insolvency risk and regulation variables, and the temporal patterns of this relationship. It also examines whether the effects of prudential policies on leverage and insolvency risk are influenced by bank ownership structure and financial cycle. The paper finds a consistent link between prudential regulation and leverage, which varies over the sample period. Conversely, the insolvency risk shows a stronger relationship with macroprudential policies. The estimates reveal that prudential policies work better on leverage and z-score for foreign banks. Both leverage and insolvency risk are better mitigated over booms. Finally, prudential policies have similar effects on both domestic and foreign banks' stability in normal times, while the effects are opposite during turbulences. These dissimilarities are raising challenges to the conduct of prudential policies.

Keywords: Banking system; Bank leverage; Insolvency risk; Prudential policies; Financial crisis; Central and Eastern Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 E58 F36 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2018.12.016

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