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The separation of commercial and investment banking: A literature review

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Title: The separation of commercial and investment banking: A literature review
Authors: Reinholdson, Filip
Olsson, Henrik
Issue Date: 29-Jun-2012
Degree: Student essay
Series/Report no.: Industriell och finansiell ekonomi
Keywords: Commercial & investment banking, Conflicts of interest, Diversification, Glass-Steagall, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Moral hazard, Separation, Too big to fail, Universal banking, Vickers report, Volcker rule
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to survey the academic literature concerning the separation of commercial and investment banking, and to serve as a basis for future research. We provide a review of 75 papers showing that there is no unanimous evidence either for or against the argument that a separation of commercial and investment banking would be more beneficial for society overall. We further demonstrate that the recent financial crisis did not directly stem from the combination of commercial a... more
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