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The Contribution of Bank Regulation and Fair Value Accounting to Procyclical Leverage

Amel-Zadeh, Amir, Barth, Mary and Landsman, Wayne (2017) The Contribution of Bank Regulation and Fair Value Accounting to Procyclical Leverage. Review of Accounting Studies, 22. pp. 1423-1454.

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Our analytical description of how banks’ responses to asset price changes can result in procyclical leverage reveals that for banks with a binding regulatory leverage constraint, absent differences in regulatory risk weights across assets, leverage is not procyclical. For banks without a binding constraint, fair value and bank regulation both can contribute to procyclical leverage. Empirical findings based on a large sample of US commercial banks reveal that bank regulation explains procyclical leverage for banks relatively close to the regulatory leverage constraint and contributes to procyclical leverage for those that are not. Fair value accounting does not contribute to procyclical leverage.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: fair value accounting, procyclicality, leverage, risk-based capital regulation, financial institutions, commercial banks, accounting, finance
Subject(s): Accounting
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 10:13
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2018 02:38
Funders: N/A

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