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Risk-Based Capital, Portfolio Risk, and Bank Capital: A Simultaneous Equations Approach

by Kevin Jacques and Peter Nigro

OCC Working Paper 94-6, September 1994.

Abstract

This paper examines the impact the recently implemented risk-based standards have had on both bank capital and portfolio risk. To date, little if any attention has focused on how the risk-based capital standards have impacted bank risk and capital levels.

Building on previous research, this paper uses a three-stage least squares (3SLS) model to analyze the relationship between bank capital, portfolio risk, and the risk-based capital standards. The results suggest that the risk-based capital standards had a significant impact on capital and risk levels in well-capitalized banks, but little impact on undercapitalized banks.

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Any whole or partial reproduction of material in this paper should include the following citation: Jacques, Kevin, and Peter Nigro, "Risk-Based Capital, Portfolio Risk, and Bank Capital: A Simultaneous Equations Approach," Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, E&PA Working Paper 94-6, September 1994.

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