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Bank lending, crises, and changing ownership structure in Central and Eastern European countries

Franklin Allen, Krzysztof Jackowicz, Oskar Kowalewski () and Łukasz Kozłowski

Journal of Corporate Finance, 2017, vol. 42, issue C, 494-515

Abstract: We examine the interactions of bank lending dynamics, ownership structures, and crisis phenomena in the banking systems of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. Using a panel dataset of more than 400 banks for the period from 1994–2010, we show that the impact of ownership structure on a bank’s lending activities in CEE countries was conditional upon the type of crisis, namely, whether it was a host, home, global, or simultaneous crisis. In contrast, our evidence indicates that bank-specific characteristics, such as deposit growth and profitability ratios, are significant determinants of credit growth during both normal economic times and crisis periods, regardless of the crisis type. Moreover, we provide indirect evidence of the benefits of banking sector diversification dependent upon the criterion of parent banks’ country of origin.

Keywords: Foreign banks; Domestic banks; Credit growth; Crisis; Emerging markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 F36 G21 P34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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