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International Lending by U.S. Banks

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  • Barron, John M
  • Valev, Neven T

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This paper develops a portfolio choice theory in which the sequential order of decision makers is endogenously determined. We examine investors' choices of either purchasing current information concerning the return on an investment or waiting and later basing their investment on information inferred from the investment decisions of others. Because the quality of that inference increases in the number of investors who purchase information, those with the least to gain from such information--the less wealthy in our context--may find it advantageous to wait and invest later. Thus investors endogenously separate into leaders and followers. Further, the extent of such separation is shown to be related to the persistence in states of the world across time. Some implications of the model are tested using data on international lending by US banks for the 1982-1994 period. The empirical results support the main predictions of the model.

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Article provided by Blackwell Publishing in its journal Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Volume (Year): 32 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 357-81

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Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:32:y:2000:i:3:p:357-81

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  1. Acharya, Viral V & Yorulmazer, Tanju, 2004. "Too Many to Fail - An Analysis of Time Inconsistency in Bank Closure Policies," CEPR Discussion Papers 4778, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Olivero, María Pía, 2010. "Market power in banking, countercyclical margins and the international transmission of business cycles," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 80(2), pages 292-301, March.
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  4. Neven Valev, 2002. "Lender Heterogeneity and the Maturity of International Loans," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0211, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  5. Laurent Clerc & Françoise Drumetz & François Haas, 2002. "The influence of structural changes on market functioning and its implications for monetary policy: a focus on the euro area," BIS Papers chapters, in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Market functioning and central bank policy, volume 12, pages 43-64 Bank for International Settlements.
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  7. Valev, Neven T., 2007. "Uncertainty and international debt maturity," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 17(4), pages 372-386, October.
  8. Valev, Neven T., 2006. "Institutional uncertainty and the maturity of international loans," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(5), pages 780-794, August.
  9. Claudia M. Buch, 2000. "Information or Regulation: What Is Driving the International Activities of Commercial Banks?," Kiel Working Papers 1011, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  10. Schertler, Andrea & Tykvová, Tereza, 2012. "What lures cross-border venture capital inflows?," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 1777-1799.
  11. Tykvová, Tereza & Schertler, Andrea, 2011. "Cross-border venture capital flows and local ties: Evidence from developed countries," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 51(1), pages 36-48, February.
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  13. Wasseem Mina & Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, 2006. "Contract Enforcement, Institutional Stability, and the Level and Maturity of International Debt," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0617, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.

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