Foreign bank participation and outreach: Evidence from Mexico

T.H.L. Beck, M. Martinez Peria

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Recently, developing countries have witnessed a sharp increase in foreign bank participation. We examine the impact on banking outreach using newly gathered data for Mexico, where foreign bank participation rose from 2% to 83% of assets during 1997-2005. Country-, bank-, and bank-municipality-level estimations show a decline in the number of deposit and loan accounts. While country- and bank-level estimations indicate an increase in the share of municipalities with bank branches and in the likelihood of bank presence, bank-municipality regressions show that only rich and urban municipalities benefited. Overall, the evidence is consistent with a decline in outreach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-73
JournalJournal of Financial Intermediation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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