How Are Small Banks Faring Under Dodd-Frank?
106 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2014 Last revised: 7 Jun 2018
Date Written: May 9, 2014
This paper presents the results of the Mercatus Center’s Small Bank Survey, which include responses from approximately 200 banks across 41 states with less than $10 billion in assets each, serving mostly rural and small metropolitan markets. The initial analysis suggests that Dodd-Frank significantly affects small banks and their customers. A large majority of respondents viewed Dodd-Frank as more burdensome than the Bank Secrecy Act, and the participating banks reported substantially increased compliance costs in the wake of new regulations. These costs include hiring new compliance personnel, increased reliance on outside compliance experts, additional resources allocated to compliance, and more time spent by noncompliance employees on compliance. The increased regulatory burdens have led small banks to reconsider their product and service offerings, including considering whether to stop providing residential mortgages. Many small bank customers, who will have difficulty locating convenient alternatives, will feel the indirect effects of Dodd-Frank.
Keywords: banking, bank regulation, Dodd-Frank, community banks, FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC, firm size, market structure, mortgages, policy, small banks, standardization
JEL Classification: G21, G28, K23, L11, L150, L250, L510, Y1
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