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Foreign banks and the Vienna Initiative: turning sinners into saints

  • Ralph De Haas

    ()

    (EBRD)

  • Yevgeniya Korniyenko

    (Bank of England)

  • Elena Loukoianova

    (IMF)

  • Alexander Pivovarsky

    (EBRD)

We use data on 1,294 banks in emerging Europe to analyse how bank ownership and the Vienna Initiative affected credit growth during the 2008-09 crisis. As part of the Vienna Initiative western European banks signed country-specific commitment letters in which they pledged to maintain exposures and to support their subsidiaries in emerging Europe. We show that in general both domestic and foreign banks sharply curtailed credit during the crisis, but that foreign banks that participated in the Vienna Initiative were relatively stable lenders. We find no evidence of negative spillovers from countries where banks signed commitment letters to countries where they did not.

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Paper provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist in its series Working Papers with number 143.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Publication status: Published in Working papers 143, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
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