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The retail activity of foreign banks in Italy: effects on credit supply to households and firms

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  • Luigi Infante

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Paola Rossi

    () (Bank of Italy)

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This paper investigates the effects of the increasing activity of foreign banks in Italy, distinguishing between credit granted to households and firms. Foreign banks display a differentiated degree of business expansion across the provinces, we exploit this variability to measure how foreign banks affect competition and test it with reference to: i) a market share instability index ; ii) interest rates; iii) the collateral requested. Our results, over the period 1997-2006, show that an increase in foreign intermediaries� market share leads to a less stable market share index. As for mortgage loans to households, this enhanced competitive pressure implies a reduction in the average interest rate applied and an increase in the loans granted with respect to collateral. We do not find a significant impact on the average interest rate conditions applied to firms, although, in the most recent period, a reduction in the collateral on loans with longer maturity has emerged.

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  • Luigi Infante & Paola Rossi, 2009. "The retail activity of foreign banks in Italy: effects on credit supply to households and firms," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 714, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    1. Ugo Albertazzi & Margherita Bottero, 2013. "The procyclicality of foreign bank lending: evidence from the global financial crisis," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 926, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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    Keywords

    foreign banks; credit market competition;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General

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