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Regulation and Banking

Module Code: TBC

  • ECTS Credit: 5
  • Mandatory/Optional: Elective (optional)
  • Period: Semester 2
  • Module Coordinator: Professor Sean Lyons
  • Teaching Staff: Professor Sean Lyons, Dr. Conor O’Toole & Professor Kieran McQuinn

Module Content

This module will cover the economics of sectoral regulation, starting with network industries in general and then focusing on regulation of systemic risk in the banking sector. It will relate types of market failure to the appropriate regulatory responses before discussing the main forms of regulation and how they are applied. There will be detailed discussion of measures used for price regulation and an introduction to regulatory issues in a range of specific sectors. The module will also describe how to evaluate proposed regulatory measures before they are enacted (“regulatory impact analysis”) and apply screening tests to a range of cases. The second part of the module will provide a comprehensive outline of current international banking policy with a focus on policies to manage and monitor systemic risk. This will include an overview of the link between systemic risk and the macroeconomy, micro and macroprudential regulation in banking and new policies around bank stress testing. It will also discuss the new global financial policy architecture and the role of central banks as financial regulators.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:


MLO6.1   Assess market failures in a range of cases and link them to appropriate regulatory options
MLO6.2   Describe the main forms and uses of access regulation, price controls, universal service obligations and other measures
MLO6.3   Describe the economics of price regulation and the main instruments used by regulators
MLO6.4   Be able to outline the steps involved in a regulatory impact analysis and apply screening tests.
MLO6.5   Discuss the causes and consequences of systemic risk and financial crises
MLO6.6   Define the fundamental changes in banking regulation internationally
MLO6.7   Discuss the functionality and selection of micro and macroprudential tools and their operations.
MLO6.8   Describe the role of central banks in financial stability

Module Assessment

  • Project [50%]: It will involve a practical application of material studied during the module.
  • Final Examination [50%]: It will test critical understanding and appropriate application of topics covered in the module.