Who Needs Foreign Banks?

30 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2003  

Daniel Gros

Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: July 2003


This paper shows that countries with weak banking system and fiscal institutions, should benefit from the presence of foreign banks, which can constitute a commitment and transparency device. Foreign banks can also reduce the probability of
self-fulfilling speculative attacks. A strong presence of foreign banks can make a currency peg feasible in the first place by rendering it more resistant to speculative attacks. The European experience is instructive in this respect. In all the 10 countries from Central and Eastern Europe (CEEC) that will join the EU in 2004/7 the banking system is now dominated by foreign banks.

JEL Classification: E5, E63, F4

Suggested Citation

Gros, Daniel, Who Needs Foreign Banks? (July 2003). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=432906

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