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11 augustus 2014 Onderzoek Toezichtlabel Working Papers

We examine whether Fitch support ratings of US banks depend on bank size. Using quarterly data for the period 2004:Q4 to 2012:Q4 and controlling for several factors that make large and small banks different, we find that bank size is positively related to support ratings. However, the effect is non-linear in line with the ‘too-big-to-rescue’ argument. After the failure of Lehman Brothers and the passing of Dodd-Frank the relation between size and potential support has become stronger. 
Keywords: Support ratings, Bank size, Too-big-too-fail, Financial crises.
JEL classification: G21, G32, L25.

Working paper no. 434

434 - Size and support ratings of US banks



  • Tigran Poghosyan
  • Charlotte Werger
  • Jakob de Haan