Discussion paper

DP11600 Resolution of International Banks: Can Smaller Countries Cope?

The stability of a banking system ultimately depends on the strength and credibility of the fiscal backstop. While large countries can still afford to resolve large global banks on their own, small and medium-sized countries face a policy choice. This paper investigates the impact of resolution on banking structure. The financial trilemma model indicates that smaller countries can either conduct joint supervision and resolution of their global banks (based on single point of entry resolution) or reduce the size of their global banks and move to separate resolution of these banks’ national subsidiaries (based on multiple point of entry resolution). Our empirical results show that the euro-area countries are heading for joint resolution based on burden sharing, while the UK and Switzerland have started a process of downsizing their banks.


Schoenmaker, D (2016), ‘DP11600 Resolution of International Banks: Can Smaller Countries Cope?‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 11600. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp11600