Benefits and Costs of Bank Capital
Giovanni Dell'ariccia (),
Luc Laeven (),
Lev Ratnovski () and
No 16/04, IMF Staff Discussion Notes from International Monetary Fund
The appropriate level of bank capital and, more generally, a bank’s capacity to absorb losses, has been at the core of the post-crisis policy debate. This paper contributes to the debate by focusing on how much capital would have been needed to avoid imposing losses on bank creditors or resorting to public recapitalizations of banks in past banking crises. The paper also looks at the welfare costs of tighter capital regulation by reviewing the evidence on its potential impact on bank credit and lending rates. Its findings broadly support the range of loss absorbency suggested by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the Basel Committee for systemically important banks.
Keywords: Bank capital; Cost of capital; United States; Banking crisis; Capital requirements; Risk management; General equilibrium models; Bank Capital, TLAC, Financial Regulation, bank, capital, banks, capital requirements, General, All Countries, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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