Bank regulations and income inequality: empirical evidence

Delis, M. D., Hasan, I. and Kazakis, P. (2014) Bank regulations and income inequality: empirical evidence. Review of Finance, 18(5), pp. 1811-1846. (doi: 10.1093/rof/rft039)

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This article provides cross-country evidence that variations in bank regulatory policies result in differences in income distribution. In particular, the overall liberalization of banking systems decreases income inequality significantly. However, this effect becomes insignificant for countries with low levels of economic and institutional development and for market-based economies. Among liberalization policies, credit and interest rate controls have the most significant negative effect on inequality. Privatizations and liberalization of international capital flows also decrease income inequality; the latter also increases the income share of the relatively poor. In contrast, liberalization of securities markets increases income inequality substantially.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kazakis, Dr Pantelis
Authors: Delis, M. D., Hasan, I., and Kazakis, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Review of Finance
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1573-692X
Published Online:03 October 2013

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