The Dynamics of Non-Performing Loans during Banking Crises: A New Database

Author/Editor:

Anil Ari ; Sophia Chen ; Lev Ratnovski

Publication Date:

December 6, 2019

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Summary:

This paper presents a new dataset on the dynamics of non-performing loans (NPLs) during 88 banking crises since 1990. The data show similarities across crises during NPL build-ups but less so during NPL resolutions. We find a close relationship between NPL problems—elevated and unresolved NPLs—and the severity of post-crisis recessions. A machine learning approach identifies a set of pre-crisis predictors of NPL problems related to weak macroeconomic, institutional, corporate, and banking sector conditions. Our findings suggest that reducing pre-crisis vulnerabilities and promptly addressing NPL problems during a crisis are important for post-crisis output recovery.

Series:

Working Paper No. 19/272

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 6, 2019

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513521152/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2019272

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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