A Microeconomic Examination of Financial Fragility

Kern Alexander, Rahul Dhumale and John Eatwell

in Global Governance of Financial Systems

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166989
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199783861 | DOI:
 A Microeconomic Examination of Financial Fragility

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This chapter examines the link between the relative level of an individual bank's adequacy and the fragility of the banking system. Specifically, the probability of a banking crisis is modeled, using one characteristic of individual banks — their capital adequacy ratios. It considers the responses of banks in three Asian countries: Thailand, Indonesia, and South Korea. The importance of distinguishing between cosmetic and effective changes to capital adequacy ratios to avoid the systemic threats that can grow out of microeconomic weaknesses in domestic banking systems, as witnessed in Asia, is discussed.

Keywords: banking system capital adequacy ratios; Thailand; Indonesia; South Korea; banking regulation; banking crisis

Chapter.  10619 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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