82 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2017 Last revised: 25 Sep 2018
Date Written: April 17, 2018
We investigate the risk taking incentives of ”stressed banks” — the banks that are subject to annual regulatory stress tests in the U.S. since 2011. We document that stress tests effectively prevent excessive risk taking by bringing additional scrutiny on the investment portfolios of stressed banks. Higher capital requirements are not a substitute for regulatory scrutiny to promote prudent lending. However, the correction in regulatory capital charges originating from stress tests effectively reduces risky lending. Overall, our results highlight the importance of regulatory scrutiny of bank portfolios in parallel to setting more stringent capital requirements.
Keywords: Capital Regulation, Dodd-Frank Act, Regulatory Monitoring, Stress Tests
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G28
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