Starjournal Quotation Laux, Christian, Rauter, Thomas. 2017. Procyclicality of US Bank Leverage. Journal of Accounting Research 55 (2), 235-505.




In light of the current debate about the link between accounting and financial stability, we investigate the determinants of procyclical book leverage for US commercial and savings banks. We find that total asset growth and GDP growth are both positively related to book leverage growth. Our evidence is not consistent with the notion that fair value accounting contributes to procyclical leverage or that historical cost accounting reduces procyclicality. Overall, the business model of banks is more important for procyclical leverage than accounting or regulatory risk weights.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Accounting Research
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A+
Starjournal Y
Language English
Title Procyclicality of US Bank Leverage
Volume 55
Number 2
Year 2017
Page from 235
Page to 505
Reviewed? Y


Laux, Christian (Details)
Rauter, Thomas (Former researcher)
Institute for Finance, Banking and Insurance IN (Details)
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