Profitability, capital, and risk in US commercial and savings banks: Re-examination of estimation methods

Jacob Paroush, Ben Z. Schreiber

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Abstract

This study compares the relationships between the three main bank variables i.e., profitability, capital, and risk of US commercial and savings banks for the period 1995Q1-2015Q4. As the literature analyzes the relationship between these variables in pairs, thus suffering from an 'omitted variable bias' and a 'simultaneous equations bias', we examine whether these biases are statistically significant. We compare the common methodology of a three two-equation system with both a three-equation system and three separate OLS regressions. While there are significant differences in the coefficients of the three main variables within the sample period, we could not find substantial differences in out-of-sample forecast estimates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-162
Number of pages15
JournalQuarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Volume74
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

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© 2019 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

Funding

We thank A. Berger, E. Elyasiani, Y. Landskroner, D. Galai, A. Milne, B. Candelon, and the participants of seminars at the Bank of Israel and Bar Ilan University for helpful comments. We also acknowledge The Aharon Meir Center for Banking of the Department of Economics at Bar-Ilan University for financial support and A. Weingarten for technical assistance. We thank A. Berger, E. Elyasiani, Y. Landskroner, D. Galai, A. Milne, B. Candelon, and the participants of seminars at the Bank of Israel and Bar Ilan University for helpful comments. We also acknowledge The Aharon Meir Center for Banking of the Department of Economics at Bar-Ilan University for financial support and A. Weingarten for technical assistance.

FundersFunder number
Bar Ilan University
Department of Economics at Bar-Ilan University

    Keywords

    • Capital
    • Commercial banks
    • Omitted variable bias
    • Profitability
    • Risk
    • Savings banks
    • Simultaneous equations bias

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