Distress in European Banks : An Analysis Basedon a New Dataset

Author/Editor:

Tigran Poghosyan ; Martin Cihak

Publication Date:

January 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The global financial crisis has highlighted the importance of early identification of weak banks: when problems are identified late, solutions are much more costly. Until recently, Europe has seen only a small number of outright bank failures, which made the estimation of early warning models for bank supervision very difficult. This paper presents a unique database of individual bank distress across the European Union from mid-1990s to 2008. Using this data set, we analyze the causes of banking distress in Europe. We identify a set of indicators and thresholds that can help to distinguish sound banks from those vulnerable to financial distress.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/9

Subject:

Frequency:

Monthly

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871562/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009009

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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