Determinants of Foreign Currency Borrowing in the New Member States of the EU
The paper empirically investigates the determinants of foreign currency borrowing by the private sector in the new member states of the European Union. The authors find that striking differences in patterns of foreign currency borrowing between countries are explained by the extent to which domestic banks finance credit expansion from abroad, the level of deposit dollarization, and the interest rate differential. Joining the EU appears to have played an important role, by providing direct access to foreign funding, offering hedging opportunities through greater trade openness, lending credibility to exchange rate regimes, and raising expectations of imminent euro adoption. The empirical evidence suggests that regulatory policies to slow foreign currency borrowing have had only limited success.
Volume (Year): 59 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
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