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Banks in Space: Does Distance Really Affect Cross-Border Banking?

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  • Katja Neugebauer

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During the last years, gravity equations have leapt from the trade literature over into the literature on financial markets. Martin and Rey (2004) were the first to provide a theoretical model for cross-border asset trade, yielding a structural gravity equation that could be tested empirically. In this paper, I use a gravity model to evaluate factors that affect cross-border banking. Furthermore, I extend the baseline model to allow for third-country effects, which have been shown to matter for international trade, using spatial econometric techniques. I try to answer the following question: First, is there a spatial dimension in cross-border banking? Second, if so, has it changed over time, and third, what happens if this spatial dimension is ignored? I use bilateral data on cross-border banking assets for 15 countries, and I estimate cross-section regressions for each year. I find strong evidence for a spatial dimension in cross-border banking. Furthermore, the direct effect of distance decreases significantly when applying spatial econometric techniques.

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Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa11p1227.

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  1. Joern Kleinert & Katja Neugebauer, 2012. "All You Need Is Trade: On the In(ter)dependence of Trade and Asset Holdings in Gravity Equations," IAW Discussion Papers 80, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW).
  2. Lena Tonzer, 2013. "Cross-Border Interbank Networks, Banking Risk and Contagion," FIW Working Paper series 129, FIW.

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