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Dissecting foreign bank lending behavior during the 2008-2009 crisis

  • 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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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 6674.

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    Date of creation: 01 Oct 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:6674
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