Ban Publishes on Political Economy of Shadow Banking


Cornel BanAssistant Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the Global Economic Governance Initiative, published a recent journal article that he co-wrote with Professor Daniela Gabor of the University of the West of England on the political economy of shadow banking.

Ban’s journal article, entitled “The Political Economy of Shadow Banking,” was published in the Review of International Political Economy

From the text of the article:

When most political economists talk about finance they mean the conventional banking sector that is subject to reserve requirements and other regulations but enjoying the safety nets offered by central banks. Yet this is not where the main drivers of the Great Financial Crisis were located. Instead, they were situated mostly in the non-bank part of the financial system, in the so-called shadow banking, where looser regulations and thinner public safety nets for financial institutions were the norm.

Indeed, it was only at the 2007 Jackson Hole conference that Paul McCulley, a senior partner at one of the world’s largest asset managers (PIMCO), set off the alarms about the fragility of ‘unregulated shadow banks that fund themselves with uninsured short-term funding, which may or may not be backstopped by liquidity lines for real banks’.1 Since then, the literature on shadow banking tried to find a compromise between the position that highlights the role of shadow entities (e.g. highly levered off-balance sheet vehicles set up by conventional banks, broker-dealers, private equity firms, structured investment vehicles, money market funds or hedge funds, as in Pozsar, 2008) and the position that highlights shadow activities (securitization and secured funding markets, as in Adrian and Shin, 2010; Mehrling, 2012; Mehrling et al., 2013; McIntire, 2014; Claessens et al. 2014; Gabor and Ban, 2016). Today, the most influential view integrates shadow entities and activities into a system. Thus, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) famously defined shadow banking as the entire system ‘of credit intermediation that involves entities and activities outside the regular banking system’ (FSB, 2011; see also IMF, 2014).

You can read the entire article here.

Cornel Ban is the author of ten peer-reviewed articles on economic policy strategies in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Latin America, professionals and economic policy, the politics of IMF fiscal policy advice and European financial crisis management. His most recent book was published by Oxford University Press and deals with the local adaptation and crisis resilience of global economic paradigms in Spain and Romania. You can read more about him here