The Yale Law Journal

Banking Law

Note

Dodd-Frank Is a Pigouvian Regulation

Aaron M. Levine & Joshua C. Macey

Although commentators have criticized Dodd-Frank for not solving the problem of "too big to fail" banks, this Note identifies one promising feature of the law. As a "Pigouvian regulation," Dodd-Frank imposed compliance costs that incentivized banks to divest risky assets while providing regulators t…