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BASEL III: long-term impact on economic performance and fluctuations

Skander Van den Heuvel (), Vasco Cúrdia (), Roberto Motto, Andrea Gerali (), Leonardo Gambacorta (), Alberto Locarno (), Werner Roeger, Paolo Angelini (), Laurent Clerc () and Jan Vlcek ()

No 485, Staff Reports from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: We assess the long-term economic impact of the new regulatory standards (the Basel III reform), answering the following questions: 1) What is the impact of the reform on long-term economic performance? 2) What is the impact of the reform on economic fluctuations? 3) What is the impact of the adoption of countercyclical capital buffers on economic fluctuations? The main results are the following: 1) Each percentage point increase in the capital ratio causes a median 0.09 percent decline in the level of steady-state output, relative to the baseline. The impact of the new liquidity regulation is of a similar order of magnitude, at 0.08 percent. This paper does not estimate the benefits of the new regulation in terms of reduced frequency and severity of financial crisis, analyzed in Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (2010b). 2) The reform should dampen output volatility; the magnitude of the effect is heterogeneous across models; the median effect is modest. 3) The adoption of countercyclical capital buffers could have a more sizable dampening effect on output volatility.

Keywords: Business cycles; Bank capital; Bank supervision; Economic conditions; Basel capital accord (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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