Systemic Risk Measures and Regulatory Challenges

Scott Ellis, Satish Sharma, Janusz Brzeszczyński*

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This paper discusses different definitions of systemic risk and identifies the challenges regulators face in addressing this phenomenon. We conducted a systematic literature review of 4,859 abstracts to categorise the various methodologies developed to measure systemic risk. In total, 60 systemic risk measures proposed post-2000 have been critically appraised to inform academics and regulators of their practical applications and model vulnerabilities. This review suggests that most of these methods focus on individual financial institutions rather than system stability. Those methodologies directly reflect the current regulations, which aim to ensure individual institutions’ soundness. As macro-prudential regulation evolves, policy-makers face the issues of understanding contagion and how regulations should be implemented. This paper also discusses new systemic risk and regulatory challenges resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Financial Stability
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Nov 2021


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