Cross-Border Lending and the International Transmisson of Banking Crises
Freie Universität Berlin, School of Business & Economics Discussion Paper No. 2020/13
57 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2020
Date Written: July 09, 2020
This paper introduces a new transmission channel of banking crises where sizable cross- border bank claims on foreign countries with high domestic crisis risk enable contagion to the home economy. This asset-side channel opposes traditional views that see bank- ing crises originating from either domestic credit booms or from cross-border borrowing. I propose a combined model that predicts banking crises using both domestic and for- eign factors. For developed economies, the channel is predictive of crises irrespective of other types of capital ows, while it is entirely inactive for emerging economies. I show that policy makers can significantly enhance current early warning models by incorporating exposure-based risk from cross-border lending.
Keywords: Cross-border bank lending, banking crises, systemic risk, financial linkages
JEL Classification: C53, E44, F34, G01, G21
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