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Selection and hidden bias in cross-border bank acquisitions: Ukraine’s takeover wave

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  • Muzaffarjon Ahunov

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    (EBRD)

  • Leo Van Hove

    (Free University Brussels (VUB))

  • Marc Jegers

    (Free University Brussels (VUB))

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We investigate the impact of cross-border takeovers on the performance of target banks in Ukraine. We combine propensity score matching and a difference-in-difference methodology, checking for temporary unobservables. Acquirers mainly targeted large less-capitalised banks with average efficiency and profitability. After takeover, the cost efficiency of the acquired banks improved thanks to a decreased reliance on deposits but this did not result in higher profitability or higher loan market shares. Overall, our findings only tally piecemeal with the existing multi-country studies for transition economies.

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Paper provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist in its series Working Papers with number 162.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2013
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Publication status: Published in Working papers 162, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Handle: RePEc:ebd:wpaper:162

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Keywords: cross-border takeovers; bank performance; selection bias; hidden bias;

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