Do Risk Managment and Regulation Reduce Risk in Banking?

Subject

Finance

Publishing details

IFA Working Paper

Authors / Editors

Pelizzon L; Schaefer S M

Biographies

Publication Year

2003

Abstract

This paper addresses the impact of dynamic risk management on bank risk taking. We show that when banks earn rents only from deposit insurance and can engage in risk management it is no longer in their interests to maximize risk; instead, they moderate their risk to increase their chances of survival. The paper also shows that the opportunity for risk management may change the impact of capital requirements on bank risk taking. In particular, with risk management, the introduction of capital requirements may increase the probability of default. When banks also earn rents from their assets more "prudent" capital requirements may increase both the probability of default and the value of the liabilities of the deposit insurer.

Publication Notes

Revised and Resubmitted to the Journal of Financial Intermediation

Publication Research Centre

Institute of Finance and Accounting

Series Number

FIN 381

Series

IFA Working Paper