Are Foreign Banks Better at Measuring and Managing Risks? Evidence from European Credit Markets

32 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2016 Last revised: 22 Oct 2017

Date Written: October 17, 2017

Abstract

Are foreign banks subjected to adverse selection in a highly integrated banking market? Recent evidence from the European Banking Authority (EBA) given after EU-wide stress testing suggests that they do not. I find that foreign banks seem to be better at managing credit risks, thanks to more sophisticated quantitative risk techniques, lower susceptibility to political pressures, better corporate governance and the possibility to export more stringent financial regulations. Moreover, I find that the advantages of banking integration are greater in banking markets in which the degree of competition is low and there are better institutional characteristics.

Keywords: foreign bank, lending technologies, European Banking Union, financial stability

JEL Classification: D81, G21

Suggested Citation

Milani, Carlo, Are Foreign Banks Better at Measuring and Managing Risks? Evidence from European Credit Markets (October 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2871171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2871171

Carlo Milani (Contact Author)

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