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Banking and Financial Markets

1. Banking

Banks play an important role as financial intermediaries in an economy. The recent financial crisis has demonstrated the negative effects of an unstable banking sector on the real economy. To maintain stability, various regulations exist regarding banks’ activities on both the asset and the liability side. The DICE database contains data on bank regulation and supervision, as well as other institutional information and outcomes of the banking sector.

2. Financial Markets

The allocation of capital via financial markets is a crucial determinant of economic growth. To fulfill this welfare-enhancing role, financial markets are framed by an institutional set of rules governing, for example, interactions between market participants. The DICE database contains information on the regulation of financial markets and financial products and on outcomes related to a country’s financial sector.

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