Flexible and mandatory banking supervision

Flexible and mandatory banking supervision

The implementation of tighter regulation and more powerful supervision may impose large social costs due to the strong reliance on supervisory information that requires direct assessment by a supervisor (i.e. Mandatory Supervision). We show that by introducing a Flexible Supervision contract, which is designed to be chosen by those banks that have incentives to capture the supervisor and allows them to bypass Mandatory Supervision, the most efficient regulation under asymmetric information may be implemented. Benevolent regulators should introduce Flexible Supervision regimes for the less risky, more capitalized and transparent banks in addition to the traditional Mandatory Supervision regime.Supervision may streamline regulation saving on compliance costs, thereby reducing the bureaucratic burden.

Alessandro De Chiara, Luca Livio, and Jorge Ponce

Journal of Financial Stability

February 2018

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