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The impact of national culture on systemic risk

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  • Andries, Alin Marius
  • Balutel, Daniela

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We investigate the effects of national culture on systemic risk using a comprehensive dataset from global banks in 58 countries over the period 2003–2016. Our results reveal that systemic risk measures are associated with cultural values. In particular, our results show that individualism and masculinity are the main drivers of banks' contribution to systemic risk. In addition, the impact of cultural variables on the systemic risk measures is nonlinear. This variation may be driven by both information in the national cultural measures and the skewness of the systemic risk measures. The findings have implications for prudential policies: designing uniform prudential and regulatory policies in banking to avoid financial distress for countries with heterogeneous cultures might not have the desire impact; rather, they might be more effective if the type of culture in each individual country is considered.

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  • Andries, Alin Marius & Balutel, Daniela, 2022. "The impact of national culture on systemic risk," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 46(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecosys:v:46:y:2022:i:2:s0939362522000346
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecosys.2022.100972
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    Keywords

    Financial stability; Individualism; Masculinity; National culture; Power distance; Systemic risk;
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    JEL classification:

    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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