Drivers of Cross-Border Banking in Sub-Saharan Africa
46 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019
Date Written: July 2019
Using data collected from pan-African banks' (PABs), balance sheets and other sources (Orbis, Fitch), this study identifies some key patterns of cross-border investment in bank subsidiaries by key banking groups in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and discusses some of the determinants of this investment. Using a gravity model relating the annual value of a banking group's investment in the net equity of its subsidiaries to a set of explanatory variables, the analysis finds that cross-border banking is in part driven by a search for yield, diversification, and expansion for strategic reasons.
Keywords: Economic integration, Financial statistics, Central banks, Price indexes, Banking systems, Cross-border banking flows, Bank leverage, Global banks, bank subsidiary, cross-border, pan-African, SSA, host country
JEL Classification: F32, F33, F34, E01, G21, O24, L31, G2
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