Time-Varying Capital Requirements and Disclosure Rules: Effects on Capitalization and Lending Decisions

Björn Imbierowicz, Jonas Kragh, Jesper Rangvid

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We investigate how banks' capital and lending decisions respond to changes in bank-specific capital and disclosure requirements. We find that an increase in the bank-specific regulatory capital requirement results in a higher bank capital ratio, brought about via less asset risk. A decrease in the requirement implies more lending to firms but also less Tier 1 capital and higher bank leverage. We do not observe differences between confidential and public disclosure of capital requirements. Our results empirically illustrate a trade-off between bank resilience and a fostering of the economy through more bank lending using banks' capital requirement as policy instrument.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Money, Credit and Banking
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)573-602
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Bank capital structure
  • Bank lending
  • Capital disclosure rules
  • Capital requirement

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