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Cross-Border Banking and Macroeconomic Determinants

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  • Mary Everett

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    (Central Bank of Ireland)

  • Vahagn Galstyan

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    (Trinity College Dublin)

This paper studies the bilateral determinants of the international asset positions of banks, and subsequent bilateral adjustment during the global financial crisis and ensuing recovery phase. We find empirical support for traditional gravity-type variables. Exploiting a comprehensive dataset of bilateral bank assets, combined with a cross-country database on capital controls and macroeconomic policies, empirical evidence is provided for the effects of macroeconomic tools on the portfolio reallocation of internationally active banks. Specifically, higher current account balances in recipient countries are associated with higher inflows in debt assets, while restrictions on asset inflows and higher central bank reserves are related to lower cross-border flows of bank investment during the crisis and post-crisis periods, with heterogeneous effects across asset type. Finally, stronger institutions in recipient countries are positively associated with the international investment of banks, with inflows to debt assets being the most sensitive asset category across the financial cycle.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0317.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2017
Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0317
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