Centrality-Based Capital Allocations

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Adrian Alter

International Monetary Fund

Ben R. Craig

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Deutsche Bundesbank

Peter Raupach

Deutsche Bundesbank - Research Department

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Date Written: January 18, 2015


This paper looks at the effect of capital rules on a banking system that is connected through correlated credit exposures and interbank lending. Keeping total capital in the system constant, the reallocation rules, which combine individual bank characteristics and interconnectivity measures of interbank lending, are to minimize a measure of systemwide losses. Using the detailed German Credit Register for estimation, we find that capital rules based on eigenvectors dominate any other centrality measure, saving about 15 percent in expected bankruptcy costs.

Keywords: interbank connectivity, credit exposures, capital requirements, banking system, bank contagion, network centrality measure, bankruptcy costs, systemic risk.

JEL Classification: G21, G28, C15, C81

Suggested Citation

Alter, Adrian and Craig, Ben R. and Raupach, Peter, Centrality-Based Capital Allocations (January 18, 2015). FRB of Cleveland Working Paper No. 15-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2566747 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2566747

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