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A simple index of banking fragility: application to Indian data

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Purpose - Using data on Indian banks for 1997-2007, the purpose of this paper is to develop an index of banking fragility and subsequently examine the factors affecting the index. Design/methodology/approach - The author employs basic distributional assumptions to develop the index and subsequently, employs panel data techniques to examine the factors which affect the index. Findings - Based on the statistical properties of the index, banks are classified as exhibiting high, moderate, and low stability. The multivariate regressions indicate an important role for banking industry variables in influencing the index. Practical implications - The paper complements the strand of literature which has been focusing on developing indicators of banking stability and examining the factors affecting them. Originality/value - To the author's knowledge, this is perhaps the first study for an emerging economy and more certainly for India, to examine this issue.

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  • Saibal Ghosh, 2011. "A simple index of banking fragility: application to Indian data," Journal of Risk Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 12(2), pages 112-120, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jrfpps:v:12:y:2011:i:2:p:112-120
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    1. Renu Arora & Archana Singh, 2014. "Problems and obstacles in credit risk management in indian public sector banks," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 14(1), pages 353-362.
    2. Koong, Seow Shin & Law, Siong Hook & Ibrahim, Mansor H., 2017. "Credit expansion and financial stability in Malaysia," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 339-350.

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    Keywords

    Banks; India; Economic stability; Statistical analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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