An International Comparison of Banks' Equity Returns
This paper tests implications of banking theory and legal theory for cross-country differences in banks' equity betas and returns. Banking theory predicts different risk exposures between transactional banks, found in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, and relationship banks, found in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The authors find strong empirical support for banking theory's prediction of different risks and returns between transactional and relationship banks. Legal theory predicts that differences in banks' equity risks depend on the nature of the legal system for protecting the interests of outside investors. The authors find mixed evidence that banks' returns may vary by the type of legal system.
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Volume (Year): 30 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
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