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Bank Profitability Challenges in Euro Area Banks: the Role of Cyclical and Structural Factors


  • Kok, Christoffer
  • Móré, Csaba
  • Pancaro, Cosimo


Weak profitability among euro area banks is one key risk to financial stability. This special feature examines the main drivers influencing banks’ profitability, including bank-specific, macroeconomic and structural factors. The empirical part of the special feature finds that challenges appear to be mainly of a cyclical nature, although there may also be material structural impediments to reigniting bank profitability. JEL Classification: G00

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  • Kok, Christoffer & Móré, Csaba & Pancaro, Cosimo, 2015. "Bank Profitability Challenges in Euro Area Banks: the Role of Cyclical and Structural Factors," Financial Stability Review, European Central Bank, vol. 1.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:fsrart:2015:0001:2

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    1. Selim Elekdag & Sheheryar Malik & Srobona Mitra, 2019. "Breaking the Bank? A Probabilistic Assessment of Euro Area Bank Profitability," IMF Working Papers 19/254, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Mariarosa Borroni & Mariacristina Piva & Simone Rossi, 2016. "Determinants of Bank Profitability in the Euro Area: Has Anything Changed?," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali dises1619, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    3. Matteo Farnè & Angelos T. Vouldis, 2020. "Does a bank's business model affect its capital and profitability?," Economic Notes, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, vol. 49(2), July.
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    5. Cândida Ferreira, 2019. "Efficiency of the European banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis: A panel stochastic frontier approach," Working Papers REM 2019/84, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, REM, Universidade de Lisboa.
    6. Simone Rossi & Mariarosa Borroni & Andrea Lippi & Mariacristina Piva, 2018. "Determinants of Bank Profitability in the Euro Area: What Has Changed During the Recent Financial Crisis?," International Business Research, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 11(5), pages 18-27, May.
    7. Handro Paul Ovidiu, 2018. "Opinions Regarding Business Model In The European Banking System," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 0, pages 193-197, December.
    8. de Bandt, Olivier & Camara, Boubacar & Maitre, Alexis & Pessarossi, Pierre, 2018. "Optimal capital, regulatory requirements and bank performance in times of crisis: Evidence from France," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 175-186.

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    bank profitability; financial stability;

    JEL classification:

    • G00 - Financial Economics - - General - - - General


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