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Size, productivity, and international banking

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  • Buch, Claudia M.
  • Koch, Cathérine T.
  • Koetter, Michael

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Heterogeneity in size and productivity is central to models that explain which manufacturing firms export. This study presents descriptive evidence on similar heterogeneity among international banks as financial services providers. A novel and detailed bank-level data set reveals the volume and mode of international activities for all German banks. Only a few, large banks have a commercial presence abroad, consistent with the size pecking order documented for manufacturing firms. However, the relationship between internationalization and productivity also yields two inconsistencies with recent trade models. First, virtually all banks hold at least some foreign assets, irrespective of size or productivity. Second, some fairly unproductive banks maintain commercial presences abroad.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Economics.

Volume (Year): 85 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 329-334

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Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:85:y:2011:i:2:p:329-334

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Keywords: Trade in financial services; International banking; Foreign entry modes; Size; Productivity;

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  1. Buch, Claudia M. & Koch, Cathérine T. & Koetter, Michael, 2014. "Should I stay or should I go? Bank productivity and internationalization decisions," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 266-282.
  2. TANAKA Kiyoyasu, 2013. "Firm Heterogeneity and FDI in Distribution Services," Discussion papers 13027, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  3. Franziska Bremus, 2011. "Financial Integration and Macroeconomic Stability: What Role for Large Banks?," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1178, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  4. Galema, Rients & Koetter, Michael & Liesegang, Caroline, 2013. "Cost leadership and bank internationalization," Discussion Papers 57/2013, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
  5. Friederike Niepmann, 2013. "Banking across borders with heterogeneous banks," Staff Reports 609, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  6. Claudia M. Buch & T. Körner & B. Weigert, 2013. "Towards Deeper Financial Integration in Europe: What the Banking Union Can Contribute," IWH Discussion Papers 13, Halle Institute for Economic Research.
  7. Buch, Claudia M. & Goldberg, Linda S., 2014. "International banking and liquidity risk transmission: lessons from across countries," Staff Reports 675, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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