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Understanding Banking Sector Globalization

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This article profiles the recent evolution and consequences of banking sector globalization. After presenting trends in international banking, the article overviews macroeconomic consequences of banking sector globalization, including the role of banks in the international transmission of shocks, comovements of business cycles, financial crises, and economic growth. Other consequences of banking globalization have parallels with the effects of real-side foreign direct investment, including technology transfers, productivity enhancements, and wage spillovers into the host country. Finally, the article provides arguments that banking globalizing can have important consequences for financial supervision and regulation. IMF Staff Papers (2009) 56, 171–197. doi:10.1057/imfsp.2008.31; published online 3 February 2009

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  • Linda S Goldberg, 2009. "Understanding Banking Sector Globalization," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 56(1), pages 171-197, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:imfstp:v:56:y:2009:i:1:p:171-197
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