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Predictors of Bank Distress: The 1907 Crisis in Sweden

Anna Grodecka, Seán Kenny () and Anders Ögren ()
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Seán Kenny: Department of Economic History, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economic History, Lund University, Box 7083, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

No 180, Lund Papers in Economic History from Lund University, Department of Economic History

Abstract: This paper contributes to literature on bank distress using the Swedish experience of the in- ternational crisis of 1907, often paralleled with 2008. By employing previously unanalyzed bank-level data, we use logit regressions and principal component analysis to measure the im- pact of pre-crisis bank characteristics on the probability of their subsequent distress. The crisis was characterized by “creative destruction,” as those banks with weaker corporate governance structures, wider branching networks, operating with lower cost efficiency were more likely to experience distress. We find that poor credit allocation rather than foreign borrowing, as often stressed, were associated with ultimate demise.

Keywords: bank distress; financial crises; Swedish banks; lender of last resort (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E58 G21 G28 H12 N23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cfn, nep-eff, nep-his and nep-mac
Date: 2018-10-12
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