Chris Becker

Chris Becker
Current Position

since 11/14

Economist in the Department of Financial Markets

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 11/14

International Banking Library

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

Research Interests

  • macroprudential regulation
  • central counterparty clearing
  • international banking in emerging countries

Chris Becker joined the Department of Financial Markets as a doctoral student in November 2014. His research focuses on applied microeconometrics and time series analysis.

Chris Becker received his bachelor's degree from University of Mannheim and his master's degree from Leipzig University.

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Working Papers


Macroprudential Policy and Intra-group Dynamics: The Effects of Reserve Requirements in Brazil

Chris Becker Matias Ossandon Busch Lena Tonzer

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 21, 2017


This paper examines whether intra-group dynamics matter for the transmission of macroprudential policy. Using novel bank-level data on the Brazilian banking system, we investigate the effect of reserve requirements targeting headquarter banks’ deposit share on credit supply by their municipal bank branches. For identification purposes, we exploit that reserve requirements are adjusted following global economic cycles. Our results reveal a lending channel of reserve requirements for branches whose parent banks are more exposed to targeted deposits. Branch ownership and exposure to internal liquidity are central in explaining the results. Our findings reveal limitations in current macroprudential policy frameworks.

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