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Foreign bank participation in developing countries : what do we know about the drivers and consequences of this phenomenon?

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  • Cull, Robert
  • Soledad Martinez Peria, Maria

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Foreign bank participation has increased steadily across developing countries since the mid-1990s. This paper documents this trend and surveys the existing literature to explore the drivers and consequences of this phenomenon, paying particular attention to the differences observed across regions both in the degree of foreign bank participation and in the impact of this process. Local profit opportunities, the absence of barriers to entry, and the presence of mechanisms to mitigate information problems have been the main factors driving foreign bank entry across developing countries. In general, foreign bank participation has been shown to exert a positive influence on banking sector efficiency and competition. The weight of the evidence suggests that foreign bank presence does not endanger, but rather enhances banking sector stability. And although some case studies suggest that foreign bank entry limits access to finance, many cross-country studies offer evidence to the contrary.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5398.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5398

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Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Debt Markets; Access to Finance; Emerging Markets; Foreign Direct Investment;

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  1. Thorsten Beck & Samuel Munzele Maimbo & Issa Faye & Thouraya Triki, 2011. "Financing Africa : Through the Crisis and Beyond," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2355, January.
  2. Cull, Robert & Martínez Pería, María Soledad, 2013. "Bank ownership and lending patterns during the 2008–2009 financial crisis: Evidence from Latin America and Eastern Europe," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 4861-4878.

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