Journal of Financial Services Research

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 5–23

Modeling the bank regulator's closure option: A two-step logit regression approach

  • James B. Thomson


This article models the regulator's decision to close a bank as a call option. A two-equation model of bank failure that treats bank closings as an event timed by bank regulators is constructed and estimated for bank failures occurring from 1984 through 1989. The results of the regression experiment are consistent with the underlying theoretical model, as the majority of the regressors in the closure equation are significant with the correct sign.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • James B. Thomson
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  1. 1.Federal Reserve Bank of ClevelandClevelandUSA

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