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What drives foreign expansion of the top 100 multinational banks? The role of the credit reporting system

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  • Tsai, Hsiangping
  • Chang, Yuanchen
  • Hsiao, Pei-Hsin
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    This study explores how information costs, proxied by characteristics of credit reporting systems, affect the foreign expansion of the top 100 multinational banks. We find that banks prefer to expand operations in countries where private credit bureaus exist or where the credit reporting system is of better quality. This preference is particularly strong for banks' branch decisions. Furthermore, banks prefer subsidiary entry only in countries where private credit bureaus exist with better credit information quality. Overall, our results indicate that banks are attracted to countries where the credit reporting system helps reduce banks' information costs.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 588-605

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    Keywords: Multinational banks Foreign expansion Credit information sharing Credit bureaus;

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