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Cross-country determinants of bank income smoothing by managing loan-loss provisions

  • Fonseca, Ana Rosa
  • González, Francisco
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    This paper studies the determinants of income smoothing by management of loan-loss provisions in banks around the world. Using a panel database of 3221 bank-year observations from 40 countries and controlling for unobservable bank effects and for the endogeneity of explanatory variables, we find that bank income smoothing depends on investor protection, disclosure, regulation and supervision, financial structure, and financial development. Results suggest there is less bank income smoothing not only with the strength of investor protection, but also with the extent of accounting disclosure, restrictions on bank activities, and official and private supervision, while there is more income smoothing with market orientation and development of a country's financial system.

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    Volume (Year): 32 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (February)
    Pages: 217-228

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:32:y:2008:i:2:p:217-228
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