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Ownership characteristics of Asian American banks

Russ Kashian (), Yuhan Xue and Rashiqa Kamal
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Russ Kashian: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Yuhan Xue: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Rashiqa Kamal: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Journal of Economics and Finance, 2019, vol. 43, issue 3, No 5, 528-551

Abstract: Abstract Existing research has established that minority banks and depository institutions are concentrated in minority-populated areas, tend to serve the interests, and ensure the economic viability of the minority populations, primarily through cultural affinity. However, this research has mostly focused on African American banks. In this paper, we attempt to understand the characteristics of Asian American Owned Banks (AAOBs) and how they differ from mainstream banks. Our results show that AAOBs generally tend to perform better than mainstream banks. A closer look at the ethnic breakdown of AAOBs reveals that Indian American banks perform better as they tend to serve a financially better off Indian American population. On the other hand, Korean American banks tend to take on more risk. Overall, AAOBs are more risk averse than mainstream banks. These unique characteristics of AAOBs have regulatory and governance implications.

Keywords: Asian American banks; Minority depository institutions; Cultural affinity and altruism; Bank performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D64 G21 G31 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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