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Bad banking in Thailand? An empirical analysis of macro indicators

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  • Lukas Menkhoff

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It appears to be common wisdom that the basic cause of Thailand's crisis is its extraordinarily weak financial institutions. The article questions this proposition from an empirical viewpoint. It is well established that the long-term performance of Thailand's financial system is favourable. The insight from moral hazard indicators is unexpected regarding the bad banking proposition, although not compelling. Finally, the liberalisation process produced inadequately addressed risks. However, this also applies to experienced and well-regulated foreign banks. It is argued that the facts provided can be better explained in a framework of system change than by bad banking in Thailand.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 36 (2000)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 135-168

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:36:y:2000:i:5:p:135-168

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  1. Hübler, Olaf Hübler & Menkhoff, Lukas & Suwanaporn, Chodechai, 2007. "Financial Liberalisation in Emerging Markets: How Does Bank Lending Change?," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-364, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  2. Lukas Menkhoff & Chodechai Suwanaporn, 2007. "On the rationale of bank lending in pre-crisis Thailand," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(9), pages 1077-1089.
  3. Menkhoff, Lukas & Suwanaporn, Chodechai, 2007. "10 Years after the crisis: Thailand's financial system reform," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 4-20, February.

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