Patricia Jackson, 18 May 2016

An ongoing issue for banking regulation is the extent to which regulators should move away from risk-sensitive capital requirements towards simpler requirements, such as the leverage ratio. This column looks at the evidence that has influenced the debate and shows that none of the analyses to date has tested the risk-based credit requirements of Basel II against leverage. It also sets out two new tests that do test Basel II and produce a different result from the earlier analyses, highlighting the importance of risk sensitivity.

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