Foreign Bank Acquisitions and Outreach: Evidence from Mexico
43 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: January 1, 2008
Recently, developing countries have witnessed a sharp increase in foreign bank participation. The authors examine the impact on banking outreach using newly gathered data for Mexico, where foreign bank participation rose from 2 percent to 83 percent of assets during 1997-2005. Country-, bank-, and bank-municipality level estimations show a decline in the number of deposit and loan accounts. While country- and bank-level estimations indicate an increase in the share of municipalities with bank branches and in the likelihood of bank presence, bank-municipality regressions show that only rich and urban municipalities benefited. Overall, the evidence is consistent with a decline in outreach.
Keywords: Banks & Banking Reform, Access to Finance, Debt Markets, Corporate Law
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