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How do mega-bank merger policy and regulations contribute to financial stability? Evidence from Australia and Canada

Caner Bakir

Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 2019, vol. 22, issue 1, 1-15

Abstract: Although the role of financial regulatory failures in the global financial crisis (GFC) has been explored extensively in the post-GFC literature, our knowledge of the role of bank merger and takeover policy and regulation in reinforcing financial stability is limited. Based on an exploratory case study of Australia, which is examined in comparison to Canada, this article argues that competition policy and regulation contributed to financial stability by insulating the largest Australian and Canadian banks from domestic or foreign hostile takeover threats, and by limiting their asset size, and thus their internationalization and interconnections with the global banking community.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2017.1307112

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