Magdalena Ignatowski, Josef Korte, 20 May 2014

Can a tightening in the bank resolution regime introduce more prudent bank behaviour? This column reviews some arguments for why this could be the case. It presents evidence linking changes in bank resolution regimes with bank behaviour. Tightening of US bank resolution significantly decreased the overall risk-taking of the most affected banks. This effect, however, does not hold for the largest and most systemically important banks. Too-big-to-fail seems to be unresolved.

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