Regulating Banks by Regulating Capital

6 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2018

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Michael L. Davis

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Economics Department

Date Written: March 1, 2018


Last decade’s Dodd–Frank banking reform was a very costly and questionably effective effort to strengthen the U.S. banking system. A much simpler reform would be far more effective: require banks to hold much more shareholder equity against their liabilities. Banks would likely balk at this, claiming the equity would be better used to make loans. However, much larger equity reserves would reduce the need for costly regulation. The proposed Financial Choice Act is a step in this direction, but it must set an adequate equity ratio.

Keywords: Dodd-Frank Act, banking reform, Financial Choice Act, equity ratio, shareholder equity

JEL Classification: E44, G28, G21

Suggested Citation

Davis, Michael L., Regulating Banks by Regulating Capital (March 1, 2018). Regulation, Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring 2018, Available at SSRN:

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