DP5163 | Basel II and Bank Lending to Emerging Markets: Micro Evidence from German Banks

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This paper investigates whether the new Basel Accord will induce a change in bank lending to emerging markets using a new loan level data set on German banks' foreign exposure. We test two interlinked hypotheses on the conditions under which the change in the regulatory capital would leave lending flows unaffected. This would be the case if (i) the new regulatory capital requirement remains below the economic capital, and (ii) banks' economic capital to emerging markets already adequately reflects risk. On both accounts the evidence indicates that the new Basel Accord should have a limited effect on lending to emerging markets.