The Great Cross-Border Bank Deleveraging : Supply Constraints and Intra-Group Frictions

Author/Editor:

Eugenio M Cerutti ; Stijn Claessens

Publication Date:

September 25, 2014

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Summary:

International banks greatly reduced their direct cross-border and local affiliates’ lending as the global financial crisis strained balance sheets, lowered borrower demand, and changed government policies. Using bilateral, lender-borrower countrydata and controlling for credit demand, we show that reductions largely varied in line with markets’ prior assessments of banks’ vulnerabilities, with banks’ financial statement variables and lender-borrower country characteristics playing minor roles. We find evidence that moving resources within banking groups became more restricted as drivers of reductions in direct cross-border loans differ from those for local affiliates’ lending, especially for impaired banking systems. Home bias induced by government interventions, however, affected both equally.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/180

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 25, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498354783/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014180

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

38

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