Being a Foreigner Among Domestic Banks : Asset or Liability?

Author/Editor:

Neeltje van Horen ; Stijn Claessens

Publication Date:

December 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Studying a large number of banks in various countries between 1999 and 2006, we document that foreign banks perform better when from a high income country, when host country competition is limited, and when they are large and rely more on deposits for funding. Foreign banks' performance improves over time, possibly as they adapt, and is better when the home country is geographical or cultural (but not institutional) close to the host country. These findings show the importance of controlling for heterogeneity among foreign banks and help reconcile some contradictory results found in the literature on foreign banks' performance.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/273

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451874181/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009273

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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