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International Expansion and Riskiness of Banks

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  • Faia, Ester
  • Ottaviano, Gianmarco
  • Sanchez Arjona, Irene

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We exploit an original dataset on European G-SIBs to assess how banks� internationalization affects risk in the banking sector. We find a robust negative correlation between foreign expansion and banking risk as captured by various individual bank and systemic risk metrics. An IV strategy based on gravity regressions allows us to conclude that in our sample there is strong evidence that banks� foreign expansion reduces risk, both from an individual bank and a systemic viewpoint. This reduction is associated with better asset diversification with no evidence of any relevant detrimental effect of possible regulatory arbitrage.

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  • Faia, Ester & Ottaviano, Gianmarco & Sanchez Arjona, Irene, 2017. "International Expansion and Riskiness of Banks," CEPR Discussion Papers 11951, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:11951
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    Keywords

    banks' risk; Competition; Diversification; global expansion; regulation.; systemic risk;
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    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F65 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Finance
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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