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Loyal Lenders or Fickle Financiers: Foreign Banks in Latin America

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  • Arturo Galindo

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  • Alejandro Micco
  • Andrew Powell

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We suggest that foreign banks may represent a trade-off for their developing country hosts. A portfolio model is developed to show that a more diversified international bank may be one of lower, overall risk and less susceptible to funding shocks but may react more to shocks that affect expected returns in a particular host country. Foreign banks have become particularly important in Latin America where we find strong support for these theoretical predictions using a dataset of individual Latin American banks in 11 countries. Moreover, we find no significant difference between the size of the response of foreign banks to a negative liquidity shock and a positive opportunity shock: in both cases the market share of foreign banks in credit increases.

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  • Arturo Galindo & Alejandro Micco & Andrew Powell, 2005. "Loyal Lenders or Fickle Financiers: Foreign Banks in Latin America," Research Department Publications 4403, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
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