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Bank Reform in Greece with reference to Eastern Europe. The Case of the Hellenic Industrial Development Bank S.A

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  • Marica Frangakis

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Is Greece a reforming economy? The purpose of this paper is to present the evolution and structure of the banking sector in Greece, with reference to the parallel experiences of the Eastern European (EE) countries. In Section 2, we are concerned with the domestic economic environment within which the Greek Banking System (GBS) operates. and the pressures building up within the system encouraging reform. In Section 3, we look into the evolution of the Greek Banking System, both in terms of structures and in terms of policy. Changes in the instruments of monetary policy are also considered in this section. In Section 4, we present the case of the Hellenic Industrial Development Bank, currently undergoing a thorough restructuring plan. In Section 5, we examine some of the main similarities and differences between Greece and the EE countries in relation to banking sector problems and reforms.

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  • Marica Frangakis, 1998. "Bank Reform in Greece with reference to Eastern Europe. The Case of the Hellenic Industrial Development Bank S.A," CERT Discussion Papers 9811, Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Heriot Watt University.
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    1. John Bonin & Mark E. Schaffer, 1999. "Revisiting Hungary's Bankruptcy Episode," CERT Discussion Papers 9906, Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Heriot Watt University.
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    Keywords

    Greece; banking reform; bad debt; restructuring.;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • P59 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Other

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