Sunday, April 11, 2010

Does bank regulation help the rich or the poor more?

Beck, Levine, and Levkov look at bank deregulation and find that it helped the poor more than the rich. Something to consider as new bank regulation is advocated.

The Journal of Finance Forthcoming Article Abstract:
"We assess the impact of bank deregulation on the distribution of income in the United States. From the 1970s through the 1990s, most states removed restrictions on intrastate branching, which intensified bank competition and improved bank performance. Exploiting the cross-state, cross-time variation in the timing of branch deregulation, we find that deregulation materially tightened the distribution of income by boosting incomes in the lower part of the income distribution while having little impact on incomes above the median. Bank deregulation tightened the distribution of income by increasing the relative wage rates and working hours of unskilled workers."

Another one that deserves a WOW!

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1 comment:

Debt Setlement said...

Bank regulations are not been executed properly....... so not helping the poor.