Cross-Border Bank Flows and Systemic Risk
82 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2017 Last revised: 30 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 23, 2018
Using Bank for International Settlements (BIS) data on cross-border bank flows across 128 countries and over two decades, we find that heightened bank flows are associated with improved financial stability in a recipient country’s bank system. The reductions in marginal expected shortfall (MES) are concentrated among network-central banks and especially those in less concentrated banking sectors. Higher bank flows are also associated with improvements in bank asset quality, efficiency, and profitability in recipient markets. We interpret these new findings as consistent with predictions from recent models of bank globalization that emphasize a competition channel for bank risk-taking.
Keywords: Cross-border bank flows, financial institutions, bank regulation, systemic risk, financial crises
JEL Classification: G21, G28, G34, G38
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