Taxing banks: An evaluation of the German bank levy

C.M. Buch, B. Hilberg, L. Tonzer

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© 2016 Elsevier B.V.Bank distress can have severe negative consequences for the stability of the financial system. Regimes for the restructuring and resolution of banks, financed by bank levies, aim at reducing these costs. This paper evaluates the German bank levy, which has been implemented since 2011. Our analysis offers three main insights. First, revenues raised through the levy were lower than expected. Second, the bulk of the payments were contributed by large commercial banks and by the central institutions of savings banks and credit unions. Third, for those banks, which were affected by the levy, we find evidence for a reduction in lending and higher deposit rates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-66
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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