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Do reforms in transition economies affect foreign bank entry?

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  • Bol, Hanneke
  • Lensink, Robert
  • Haan, Jakob de

    (Groningen University)

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Using a newly developed database for 8 transition economies, this paper examines whether reforms and political freedom are important for foreign bank entry. The paper provides strong evidence that foreign bank entry positively responds to reform measures. We also find some evidence for the importance of political freedom. The size of the financial sector and the openness of a country appear to be important determinants of a country\'s willingness to attract foreign banks. Moreover, we find that reforms significantly affect foreign bank entry via the efficiency of the financial sector, the structure of the financial sector and by stimulating domestic investment.

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Paper provided by University of Groningen, CCSO Centre for Economic Research in its series CCSO Working Papers with number 200205.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:rugccs:200205

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  1. Tigran Poghosyan & Jakob de Haan, 2008. "Determinants of Cross-Border Bank Acquisitions in Transition Economies: A Latent Class Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 2372, CESifo Group Munich.
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  3. Flaviu Mihaescu & Liviu Voinea, 2006. "The Determinants of Foreign Banking Activity in South East Europe: Do FDI, Bilateral Trade and EU Policies Matter?," wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers 67, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.

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