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Credit Growth in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe: The Case of Foreign Bank Subsidiaries

Posted: 3 Dec 2015 Last revised: 3 May 2016

Malgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska

Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of Finance

Bartosz Witkowski

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)

Date Written: November 28, 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the credit growth of foreign-owned banks in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe from 2000 to 2014. We intend to show whether foreign capital in the banking sector should be treated as a monolith, as it currently is in the literature. To this end, we analyse credit growth based on the status of the parent company (global systemically important banks, or G-SIBs, vs. non-GSIBs) and European Union membership of the countries of the subsidiaries. The analyses are carried out on a panel of banks with the use of the panel corrected standard errors methodology. Additionally, we differentiate between the pre-crisis and crisis/post-crisis periods to identify whether the policy of parents changed after the outbreak of the crisis. We find important differences in the determinants of the credit growth of subsidiaries, indicating that foreign capital in the banking sector should not be treated as a monolith.

Keywords: Credit growth, Global systemically important banks, Parent company, Subsidiary

JEL Classification: G21, G32

Suggested Citation

Iwanicz-Drozdowska, Malgorzata and Witkowski, Bartosz, Credit Growth in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe: The Case of Foreign Bank Subsidiaries (November 28, 2015). International Review of Financial Analysis, vol. 43, January 2016, Pages 146-158. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2698530

Malgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska (Contact Author)

Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of Finance ( email )

Warsaw
Poland

Bartosz Witkowski

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) ( email )

Niepodleglosci 162
PL-Warsaw, 02-554
Poland

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