Structural bank regulation initiatives: approaches and implications

BIS Working Papers No 412
April 2013

The paper examines the basic rationale and features of the proposals adopted to separate specific investment and commercial banking activities (Volcker rule, Vickers and Liikanen proposals). In particular, it focuses on the likely implications of such initiatives for: (i) financial stability and systemic risk; (ii) banks' business models; and (iii) the international activities of global banks.

Keywords: regulation, bank business models, systemic risk, economies of scale, economies of scope, too big to fail

JELclassification: G21, G28