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The resurgence of cultural borders during the financial crisis: The changing geography of Eurozone cross-border depositing

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  • Sander, Harald
  • Kleimeier, Stefanie
  • Heuchemer, Sylvia

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We investigate the impact of cultural borders on the geography of international finance during stable and crises times. We employ a unique data set that focuses on Eurozone cross-border depositing during the 1999–2011 period in a gravity-model framework. We find that cultural distance limits international financial integration over and above what can be expected from economic trade and transaction costs. While we provide evidence that cultural borders lost influence during a “Europhoria” phase after the introduction of Euro notes in 2002, our findings indicate that cultural borders resurge during the 2007/2008 financial crisis and severely limit financial integration.

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  • Sander, Harald & Kleimeier, Stefanie & Heuchemer, Sylvia, 2016. "The resurgence of cultural borders during the financial crisis: The changing geography of Eurozone cross-border depositing," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 12-26.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finsta:v:24:y:2016:i:c:p:12-26
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jfs.2016.04.003
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    Keywords

    Culture; Financial crisis; Cross-border deposits; European single market; Gravity model;

    JEL classification:

    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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