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A quantitative look at the Italian banking system: evidence from a new dataset since 1861

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  • Riccardo De Bonis
  • Fabio Farabullini
  • Miria Rocchelli
  • Alessandra Salvio
  • Andrea Silvestrini

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Building on a new dataset on Italian banks and other financial corporations from 1861 to 2011, the novelty of this paper is to examine the patterns of the main items of bank’s balance sheets, such as deposits, capital and reserves, bonds issued, bonds held in portfolio, and loans for a period of 150 years. The long time behaviour of credit maturity, postal savings, State ownership of banks, and bank interest rates is also studied.

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  • Riccardo De Bonis & Fabio Farabullini & Miria Rocchelli & Alessandra Salvio & Andrea Silvestrini, 2013. "A quantitative look at the Italian banking system: evidence from a new dataset since 1861," Working Papers 9, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and of Finance.
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    Keywords

    Banks; central bank; loans; deposits; interest rates; postal savings;
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    JEL classification:

    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
    • Y1 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Data: Tables and Charts

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