Is the Financial Safety Net a Barrier to Cross-Border Banking?

A.C. Bertay, A. Demirgüc-Kunt, H.P. Huizinga

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Abstract

A bank’s interest expenses are found to increase with its degree of internationalization as proxied by its share of foreign liabilities in total liabilities or a Herfindahl index of international liability concentration, especially if the bank is performing badly. Our benchmark estimation suggests that an international bank’s cost of funds raised through a foreign subsidiary is between 1.5% and 2.4% higher than the cost of funds for a purely domestic bank, which is a sizeable difference given an overall mean cost of funds of 3.3%. These results are consistent with limited incentives for national authorities to bail out an international bank, but also with an international bank recovery and resolution process that is inefficient. In any event, the operation of the financial safety net appears to be a barrier to cross-border banking.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconomics
Number of pages61
Volume2011-132
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2011-132

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Cross-border
Financial safety net
Banking
Liability
Costs
Benchmark
Foreign subsidiaries
Bailout
Authority
Expenses
Incentives
Herfindahl index
Degree of internationalization

Keywords

  • Bank bailouts
  • International burden sharing
  • Cross-border banking

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Bertay, A. C., Demirgüc-Kunt, A., & Huizinga, H. P. (2011). Is the Financial Safety Net a Barrier to Cross-Border Banking? (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2011-132). Tilburg: Economics.
Bertay, A.C. ; Demirgüc-Kunt, A. ; Huizinga, H.P. / Is the Financial Safety Net a Barrier to Cross-Border Banking?. Tilburg : Economics, 2011. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Bertay, AC, Demirgüc-Kunt, A & Huizinga, HP 2011 'Is the Financial Safety Net a Barrier to Cross-Border Banking?' CentER Discussion Paper, vol. 2011-132, Economics, Tilburg.

Is the Financial Safety Net a Barrier to Cross-Border Banking? / Bertay, A.C.; Demirgüc-Kunt, A.; Huizinga, H.P.

Tilburg : Economics, 2011. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2011-132).

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Bertay AC, Demirgüc-Kunt A, Huizinga HP. Is the Financial Safety Net a Barrier to Cross-Border Banking? Tilburg: Economics. 2011. (CentER Discussion Paper).