Financial Integration, Specialization and Systemic Risk

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Falko Fecht

Deutsche Bundesbank; Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Hans Peter Gruener

University of Mannheim

Philipp Hartmann

European Central Bank (ECB); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) - International Macroeconomics

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Date Written: February 13, 2012

Abstract

This paper studies the implications of cross-border financial integration for financial stability when banks' loan portfolios adjust endogenously. Banks can be subject to sectoral and aggregate domestic shocks. After integration they can share these risks in a complete interbank market. When banks have a comparative advantage in providing credit to certain industries, financial integration may induce banks to specialize in lending. An enhanced concentration in lending does not necessarily increase risk, because a well-functioning interbank market allows to achieve the necessary diversification. This greater need for risk sharing, though, increases the risk of cross-border contagion and the likelihood of widespread banking crises. However, even though integration increases the risk of contagion it improves welfare if it permits banks to realize specialization benefits.

Keywords: financial integration, specialization, interbank market, financial contagion

JEL Classification: D61, E44, G21

Suggested Citation

Fecht, Falko and Gruener, Hans Peter and Hartmann, Philipp, Financial Integration, Specialization and Systemic Risk (February 13, 2012). ECB Working Paper No. 1425, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2004346 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2004346

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University of Mannheim ( email )

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