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Bank Regulation and Supervision

Which regulatory policies and supervisory practices make banks more effective in channeling society's savings to the most deserving borrowers?  While the International Financial Institutions have stressed the importance of effective regulatory and supervisory institutions for the stability and efficiency of banking systems around the world, until recently no cross-country evidence was available on the relative benefits of different institutional and organizational structures of bank regulation and supervision

 

Database

 

In 1999, the first comprehensive cross-country survey was compiled on how banks are regulated and supervised, including requirements and regulatory powers regarding entry, ownership, capital, activities, auditing, organization, liquidity, provisioning, accounting, disclosure and bank exit. Cross-country research using these data have shown the importance of supervisory policies to foster market discipline and have shed doubts on policies that simply strengthen supervisors'  ability to intervene in banks' day-to-day business.

 

This database,  Bank Regulation and Supervision, was updated in 2003; the next update is currently underway and will be available in early 2007.

 

The guide lists questions condensed from the  World Bank Survey of Bank Regulation and Supervision. It shows the shortened form of the questions, combines some related questions, and omits additional questions, which allowed respondents to provide more detailed answers and to attach actual laws and regulations

 

Conference

 

Bank Regulation and Corporate Finance: Challenges for the Future (October 26-27, 2006)
World Bank conference on Bank Regulation and Corporate Finance: Challenges for the Future was held on October 26-27, 2006 at the World Bank in Washington, DC and included a Special Symposium for the Journal of Financial Intermediation.

 

Researchers

  • Thorsten Beck 

Books

In Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern, James Barth, Gerard Caprio, and Ross Levine present an analytical framework for viewing bank regulation, describe in some detail the 2003 version of the database, use the database to investigate the impact of bank regulation on various dimensions of bank performance, look at what determines the decisions countries make on the orientation of the regulatory environment, and draw policy conclusions.

Available from Cambridge University Press. The CD included with the book includes both the database and the indices used by the authors.

Documents


You can also download  other related documents. These include content-rich current outputs (updated document versions, miscellaneous documents and web pages).

Library

WPS2725Bank regulation and supervision : what works best?Barth, James R.; Caprio Jr., Gerard; Levine, Ross2001/11
WPS2588The regulation and supervision of banks around the world - a new databaseBarth, James R.; Caprio Jr, Gerard; Levine, Ross2001/04



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