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Foreign Banks in the CESE Countries

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  • Li L. Ong
  • Andrea M. Maechler
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    The aim of this paper is to construct a comprehensive and consistent dataset to analyze the potential risks from foreign bank lending, for both the creditor and borrower countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CESE). We develop a picture of bank claims on 13 CESE countries by combining credit statistics from several sources. Our constructed data suggest that some of these host countries have become more at risk from a sudden withdrawal of short-term external funding, while home countries have significant aggregate exposures to the region. Overall, we find that data on banking activity remain largely inadequate for surveillance and policymaking purposes, and that a concerted effort to improve data collection is needed at the international level.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 09/54.

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    Length: 64
    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/54

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    Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe; Banking; Foreign investment; Emerging markets; Spillovers; Data collection; claims; bank claims; bank for international settlements; banking sector; banking sectors; banking statistics; bank lending; bank funding; banking systems; bank credit; national bank; bank branches; banking system; bank financing; bank borrowing; foreign exchange; bank loans; bank subsidiaries; confidentiality; claim; bank offices; banking assets; bank entry; banking sector developments; bank exposures; banking sector assets; bank markets; bank liquidity; bank exposure; financial strength; private bank; bank ownership;

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    Cited by:
    1. Brana, Sophie & Lahet, Delphine, 2010. "La présence de banques étrangères en Europe de l’Est quels risques financiers ?," Revue d'études comparatives Est-Ouest, Editions NecPlus, vol. 41(01), pages 35-62, March.
    2. Inci Ötker & Karl Driessen & Zsófia Ãrvai, 2009. "Regional Financial Interlinkages and Financial Contagion within Europe," IMF Working Papers 09/6, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Hans-Joachim Dübel & Simon Walley, 2010. "Regulation of Foreign Currency Mortgage Loans : The Case of Transition Countries in Central and Eastern Europe," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12943, The World Bank.
    4. Franz R. Hahn, 2012. "Culture, Geography and Institutions. Empirical Evidence from Small-scale Banking," WIFO Working Papers 417, WIFO.

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