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DO CREDITOR RIGHTS AND INFORMATION SHARING AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF FOREIGN BANKS?

 

Emmanuel C. Mamatzakis

University of Sussex

 

Antonios Kalyvas

University of Sussex

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of host economy creditor rights and information sharing on the profit performance of foreign banks vis-à-vis domestic banks for a global sample of commercial banks over the 2005-2009 period. To this end, we employ the recent foreign bank ownership dataset of Claessens and Van Horen (2014) and measure performance as profit efficiency using the alternative profit function. Results from the Battese and Coelli (1995) stochastic frontier analysis model show that creditor rights exert a positive effect on efficiency that strengthens for foreign banks. On the other hand, information sharing exerts a negative effect on profit efficiency which strengthens for foreign banks. The results for information sharing show some variability across different levels of development of the host economy. Moreover, the transparency of the host economy moderates the effect of creditor rights and information sharing on foreign bank efficiency. We also examine the effect of institutional distance” in creditor rights and information sharing between the home and host economy on foreign bank efficiency. The effect of creditor rights “institutional distance” on foreign bank efficiency is negative, while it turns positive for information sharing. These findings highlight the importance of strong creditor rights for foreign bank performance and are useful for both regulators in host economies and foreign bank managers.

 

Keywords: Foreign Banks, Liability of Foreignness, Profit Efficiency, Creditor Rights, Information Sharing.

JEL-classifications: F21, F23, G21, G28

 

Acknowledgements: This study was conducted under the Bank of Greece’s programme of cooperation with universities. Any remaining errors are our own.

 

 

Correspondence:

Emmanuel C. Mamatzakis

University of Sussex

Sussex House, Falmer

Brighton, BN1 9RH

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1273 877286

Email address: e.mamatzakis@sussex.ac.uk


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