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Does foreign bank penetration affect the risk of domestic banks? Evidence from emerging economies

Ji Wu, Minghua Chen, Bang Jeon () and Rui Wang

Journal of Financial Stability, 2017, vol. 31, issue C, 45-61

Abstract: We investigate whether foreign bank penetration affects the risk of domestic banks in emerging economies. By using bank-level data from 35 markets during the period of 2000–2014, we find significant evidence that the risk of domestic banks increases with the presence of foreign banks in the host economy, and this finding is shown to be consistent in a series of robustness tests. We also find that the incidence of such effects is more pronounced for domestic banks which are less efficient and less based on traditional activities. Foreign banks exert more pronounced impacts on domestic banks’ risk when they enter the host market via M&A, as opposed to greenfield investments, and when they belong to foreign conglomerates which provide strong internal support.

Keywords: Foreign bank penetration; Bank risk; Emerging economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 G15 F36 E44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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