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Credit Information Sharing and Bank Stability: Evidence from SSA Countries

Beni Kouevi Gath

No 21-009, Working Papers CEB from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: We assess the effect of credit information sharing on bank stability for a sample of 161 banks located in 30 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries over 2004-2014. We find that banks become more stable as the quality of credit information sharing institutions improves. Moreover, despite foreign banks having an informational disadvantage with respect to domestic banks due to distance-related information frictions, and hence the assumption that they would benefit more from credit information sharing, the results indicate that both types of banks are affected in the same way. This suggests that foreign banks rely on alternative strategies to compensate for their informational disadvantage in local markets.

Keywords: Information sharing offices; bank stability; credit markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D82 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-07-02
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