Journal of Financial Services Research

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 177–204

How Country and Safety-Net Characteristics Affect Bank Risk-Shifting

  • Armen Hovakimian
  • Edward J. Kane
  • Luc Laeven

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024699811875

Cite this article as:
Hovakimian, A., Kane, E.J. & Laeven, L. Journal of Financial Services Research (2003) 23: 177. doi:10.1023/A:1024699811875


Risk-shifting occurs when creditors or guarantors are exposed to loss without receiving adequate compensation. This paper seeks to measure and compare how well authorities in 56 countries controlled bank risk shifting during the 1990s. Although significant risk-shifting occurs on average, substantial variation exists in the effectiveness of risk control across countries. We find that the tendency for explicit deposit insurance to exacerbate risk shifting is tempered by incorporating loss-control features such as risk-sensitive premiums, coverage limits, and coinsurance. Introducing explicit deposit insurance has had adverse effects in environments that are low in political and economic freedom and high in corruption.

deposit insuranceregulatory forbearancemoral hazardfinancial safety netrisk shiftingregulation.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Armen Hovakimian
    • 1
  • Edward J. Kane
    • 2
  • Luc Laeven
    • 3
  1. 1.Baruch CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Finance DepartmentBoston CollegeU.S.A
  3. 3.World BankUSA