Spatial Development and the Expanding European Integration of the Hungarian Banking System

Center for Regional Studies Discussion Paper No. 45

68 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2009 Last revised: 13 Feb 2009

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Zoltan Gal

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Centre for Regional Studies

Date Written: December 28, 2005

Abstract

The paper is concerned with the development stages and the spatial transformation of the Hungarian banking system in the economic transition & post-transition periods. It gives an overview of the development tendencies of the financial re-integraion into the global market and particularly concentrates on the spatial polarisation factors (concentration - deoncentration; centralisation - decentralisation) which affect banking. The paper explores the arguments behind the extremely high centralisation of headquarter functions in Budapest and the factors that have impact on the establishment of locally-regionally based banks. This is followed by an introduction of the different organisational (institutional) and territorial (location strategies) level of the Hungarian banking system, dealing with either the domestic or the international financial central-function of Budapest and the reorganisation of the bank network and with its social consequences (financial exclusion) in the regions. The paper argues that EU membership is not a dramatic event in the integration process of the Hungarian banking sector, partly due to its particular ownership structure, the integration of the banking sector has already taken place. The paper concludes that the EMU integration could have been affected more adversely the Hungarian regions already characterised by the endogenous disparities, which are to a large extent rooted in the deficiency of their financial base.

Keywords: Hungarian banking system, transition economy, financial market integration, structural and spatial polarisation, branch network reorganisation, uneven regional development, financial exclusion

JEL Classification: G21, G28, G32

Suggested Citation

Gal, Zoltan, Spatial Development and the Expanding European Integration of the Hungarian Banking System (December 28, 2005). Center for Regional Studies Discussion Paper No. 45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1334029 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1334029

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