The Official Publication of The Taiwan Finance Association
This paper examines the risk-shifting behavior of Taiwan’s small and medium-sized commercial banks both prior to and after the adoption of a risk-based premium system. We use the Duan et al. (1992) model to investigate the changes in their risk-shifting behavior. We find that the effects of risk-restraining measures were reduced as a result of the adoption of the risk-based system. Our results also demonstrate that risk-shifting behavior within these commercial banks was quite successful under the flat-rate premium system, and that such behavior was not mitigated as a result of the implementation of the risk-based premium system.