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Dissecting foreign bank lending behavior during the 2008-2009 crisis

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  • Choi, Moon Jung
  • Gutierrez, Eva
  • Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez

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This paper analyzes the lending behavior of foreign-owned banks during the recent global crisis. Using bank-level panel data for countries in Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, and Latin America, the paper explores the role of affiliate and parent financial characteristics, host location, as well as the impact of parent geographic origin and reach on foreign banks'credit growth. Overall, the analysis finds robust evidence that foreign banks curtailed the growth of credit relative to other banks, independent of the host region. Banks from the United States reduced loan growth less than other parent banks. Neither the global nor regional reach of parent banks influenced the lending growth of foreign affiliates. However, the funding structure of foreign bank affiliates and the capitalization of parent banks do help explain the lending behavior of foreign banks during the global crisis. Although not the focus of the paper, it also finds that government-owned banks played a countercyclical role in all regions.

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  • Choi, Moon Jung & Gutierrez, Eva & Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez, 2013. "Dissecting foreign bank lending behavior during the 2008-2009 crisis," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6674, The World Bank.
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    1. Inessa Love & Roberto Rocha & Erik Feyen & Samuel Munzele Maimbo & Raquel Letelier, 2014. "Who is to Blame: Foreign Ownership or Foreign Funding?," Working Papers 201423, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    2. Anginer, Deniz & Cerutti, Eugenio & Martínez Pería, María Soledad, 2017. "Foreign bank subsidiaries' default risk during the global crisis: What factors help insulate affiliates from their parents?," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 19-31.

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    Banks&Banking Reform; Access to Finance; Debt Markets; Bankruptcy and Resolution of Financial Distress; Financial Intermediation;

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