Known unknowns: How much financial misconduct is detected and deterred?

Ashton, John, Burnett, Tim, Diaz-Rainey, Ivan and Ormosi, Peter (2021) Known unknowns: How much financial misconduct is detected and deterred? Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, 74. ISSN 1042-4431

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Abstract

Have financial businesses changed their behaviour in the aftermath of global financial crisis? We address this question by introducing a new and more parsimonious method to quantify the level of financial misconduct and apply this to financial offences between 2004 and 2016. This exercise allows us to investigate whether Capture-Recapture methods can be deployed to handle problems of partial observability and how they compare to previous methods set out to achieve the same goal. In our two stage approach, first, we estimate the rate at which offending businesses are detected, then we look at how the number of detected offenders changed after 2010, and use these two layers of information to make inferences on the deterrent effect of financial regulation. Our results offer evidence that a drop in the number of detected offences post-global financial crisis was driven largely by improved deterrence.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 00:03
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 00:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80959
DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2021.101389

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