Business Complexity and Risk Management: Evidence from Operational Risk Events in U.S. Bank Holding Companies

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Anna Chernobai

Syracuse University - M. J. Whitman School of Management

Ali K. Ozdagli

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Jianlin Wang

University of California, Berkeley, College of Letters & Science, Department of Economics

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Date Written: October 5, 2018

Abstract

Recent regulatory proposals tie a financial institution's systemic importance to its complexity. However, little is known about how complexity affects banks' risk management. Using the 1996-1999 deregulations of banks' nonbanking activities as a natural experiment, we show that U.S. banks' operational risk increased significantly with their business complexity. This trend is stronger for banks that had been constrained by regulations, especially for those with a Section 20 subsidiary, compared to other banks and also to nonbank financial institutions that were never subject to these regulations. We provide evidence that this pattern results from managerial failure rather than strategic risk taking.

Keywords: Operational risk, bank holding companies, financial deregulation, Glass-Steagall Act, business complexity

JEL Classification: G18, G20, G21, G32, L25

Suggested Citation

Chernobai, Anna and Ozdagli, Ali K. and Wang, Jianlin, Business Complexity and Risk Management: Evidence from Operational Risk Events in U.S. Bank Holding Companies (October 5, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736509 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2736509

Anna Chernobai (Contact Author)

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Ali K. Ozdagli

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )

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Jianlin Wang

University of California, Berkeley, College of Letters & Science, Department of Economics ( email )

Berkeley, CA
United States

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