Economic Quarterly

July 2, 2009

Richmond Fed's Economic Quarterly Examines Consolidating Financial Regulation

Richmond, Va.

The Consolidation of Financial Regulation: Pros, Cons, and Implications for the United States by Sabrina R. Pellerin, John R. Walter, and Patricia E. Wescott

Several countries have moved toward a more consolidated financial regulatory regime, and many economists and policymakers favor doing the same in the United States. Vesting a smaller number of agencies with more regulatory power could provide benefits, such as increasing information sharing and public accountability while reducing duplication of duties. But there are costs as well, argue Sabrina R. Pellerin, John R. Walter, and Patricia E. Wescott. For instance, greater consolidation could lead to a lack of regulatory competition, fewer new ideas, and less specialization. The authors conclude that there are “strong tensions between achieving the benefits of consolidation and preventing the costs that might arise from a lack of competition when there is only one regulator.”

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