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Determinants of the loan loss allowance: some cross-country comparisons

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  • Hasan, Iftekhar

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    (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bank of Finland Research)

  • Wall , Larry D.

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

Abstract

This paper analyses the determinants of banks’ loan loss allowances for samples of US banks and three non-US samples: a group of 21 countries, Canada and Japan. The model includes fundamental (or non-discretionary) determinants of the allowance such as non-performing loans, and discretionary determinants such as income before the loan loss provision. The results suggest that the loan loss allowance is sensitive to pre-provision income in almost all samples. However, the results also suggest that some variables thought to reflect fundamental factors in US analysis, such as net chargeoffs, are not significant factors for non-US banks.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 33/2003.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 19 Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2003_033

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Keywords: loan loss allowance; accounting standards; international banking; nonperforming loan; discretionary accruals;

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