Bankscope Dataset: Getting Started

47 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2012 Last revised: 22 Sep 2016

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Thibaut Duprey

Bank of Canada; Western University, Faculty of Science

Mathias LÉ

Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR)

Date Written: November 17, 2016


The Bankscope dataset is a popular source of bank balance sheet informations among banking economists, which covers the last 20 years for more than 30,000 worldwide banks. This technical paper intends to provide the critical issues one has to keep in mind as well as the basic arrangements which have to be undertaken if one intends to use this dataset. To that extent, we propose some straightforward ways to deal with data comparability, consolidation, duplication of assets or mergers, and provide Stata codes to deal with it.

Keywords: Bankscope dataset, joint work with Stata, duplicates, consolidation, mergers, unbalanced, comparability

JEL Classification: B40, C80, G10

Suggested Citation

Duprey, Thibaut and LÉ, Mathias, Bankscope Dataset: Getting Started (November 17, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Thibaut Duprey (Contact Author)

Bank of Canada ( email )

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Ontario, Ottawa K1A 0G9

Western University, Faculty of Science ( email )

1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

Mathias LÉ

Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR) ( email )

61, rue Taitbout
Paris, 75436

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