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  • Claudia M. Buch

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If the technological revolution which has taken place over the past decades has lowered information costs and if information costs increase in distance, distance should – ceteris paribus – become less important in determining international bank lending. We are using a dataset on assets and liabilities of commercial banks from five countries (France, Germany, Italy, UK, US) in up to 50 host countries for the years 1983 through 1998 to test this hypothesis. For the European banks, distance has remained of the same importance it used to have. For the US, a declining importance of distance was found. Several interpretations of these findings are discussed.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1043.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2001
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1043

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Keywords: cross-border banking; information costs;

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