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Financial Crises and the Composition of Cross-Border Lending

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  • Cerutti, Eugenio

    () (International Monetary Fund)

  • Hale, Galina

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

  • Minoiu, Camelia

    () (International Monetary Fund)

Abstract

We examine the composition and drivers of cross-border bank lending between 1995 and 2012, distinguishing between syndicated and non-syndicated loans. We show that on-balance sheet syndicated loan exposures, which account for almost one third of total cross-border loan exposures, increased during the global financial crisis due to large drawdowns on credit lines extended before the crisis. Our empirical analysis of the drivers of cross-border loan exposures in a large bilateral dataset leads to three main results. First, banks with lower levels of capital favor syndicated over other kinds of cross-border loans. Second, borrower country characteristics such as level of development, economic size, and capital account openness, are less important in driving syndicated than non-syndicated loan activity, suggesting a diversification motive for syndication. Third, information asymmetries between lender and borrower countries became more binding for both types of cross-border lending activity during the recent crisis.

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  • Cerutti, Eugenio & Hale, Galina & Minoiu, Camelia, 2014. "Financial Crises and the Composition of Cross-Border Lending," Working Paper Series 2014-20, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfwp:2014-20
    DOI: 10.24148/wp2014-20
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    Keywords

    cross-border banking; syndicated loans; global financial crisis; BIS international banking statistics; Dealogic Loan Analytics;

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    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • F65 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Finance
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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