Towards a General Theory of Financial Regulation: Predicting, Measuring and Preventing Financial Crises

UTS Working Paper No. 142

45 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2006  

Carolyn V. Currie

University of Technology, Sydney - School of Finance and Economics

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

Regulatory failure causing financial crises has occurred with great frequency in the last ten years in both advanced and emerging nations. Theories of regulation have failed to define and describe the meanings of deregulation, the range of regulatory models and their goals, the significance of regulatory failure, how to measure it and how to prevent it. This paper is motivated by the perception that incorrect design and failure to conduct ongoing performance monitoring of regulatory models in emerging economies as well as in some advanced industrial states is precipitating financial crises. Deregulation is redefined in a framework that recognises the diversity between financial systems that exists due to differences in regulatory models, in the ability to comply with best international structure, in the ownership of the means of production and in the calibre of human and social capital, within the framework of the limiting features of government goals and economic resources and infrastructure. Case studies of regulatory failure in an advanced and an emerging nation illustrate the necessity for a staged approach to liberalisation of a financial system, which takes account of the capacity of the underlying economy and society to conduct effective prudential supervision before attempts are made to remove protective measures. The comparison of fin de millennium solutions in advanced nations of integrated supervisors also illustrates the correct embodiment of government goals in regulatory models and the importance of feedback mechanisms such as the establishment of early warning systems.

Keywords: regulatory failure, regulatory models, deregulation

JEL Classification: K2, N20, N40, P00

Suggested Citation

Currie, Carolyn V., Towards a General Theory of Financial Regulation: Predicting, Measuring and Preventing Financial Crises (May 2005). UTS Working Paper No. 142. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=877035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.877035

Carolyn V. Currie (Contact Author)

University of Technology, Sydney - School of Finance and Economics ( email )

Haymarket
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

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