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Is the financial safety net a barrier to cross-border banking ?

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  • Bertay, Ata Can
  • Demirguc-Kunt Asli
  • Huizinga, Harry

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A bank's interest expenses rise with its degree of internationalization, measured by its share of foreign liabilities in total liabilities or a Herfindahl index of international liability concentration, especially if the bank is performing badly. The results in this paper suggest that an international bank's cost of funds raised through a foreign subsidiary is 1.5-2.4 percent higher than the cost of funds for a purely domestic bank. That is a sizeable difference, given that the overall mean cost of funds is 3.3 percent. These results can be explained by limited incentives for national authorities to bail out an international bank, as well as an inefficient recovery and resolution process for international banks. In any event, a less reliable financial safety net appears to be a barrier to cross-border banking.

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  • Bertay, Ata Can & Demirguc-Kunt Asli & Huizinga, Harry, 2012. "Is the financial safety net a barrier to cross-border banking ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5947, The World Bank.
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    Keywords

    Banks&Banking Reform; Debt Markets; Access to Finance; Emerging Markets; Economic Theory&Research;

    JEL classification:

    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • 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

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