Data on International Banking

In the last decades the internationalization of banks has increased. However, internationally active banks can be a source of systemic risk. The appearance of the financial crisis revealed the need to better understand determinants and consequences of the internationalization of banks. Thus, this section is intended to give a general overview of different databases that can be used for further research on this topic. The databases are divided into several sub-groups that refer to different research questions. Helpful tools for visualizing and analyzing the data and to simulate (network-)models might be found in the tools section. The IMF offers free access to its online economic data including the International Financial Statistics (IFS) and the Balance of Payments Statistics (BOP/IIP).


Cross-border banking

This type of data consists mainly of reports that are directly related to banks´ international operations. Data sources which are often used in the literature are the BIS statistics on international banking or data on foreign ownership by Claessens and Van Horen (2014)... [more]

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Banks' balance sheets

Bank balance sheets and income statements are able to describe the operational structure of a bank. In some cases balance sheets also report information regarding banks´ foreign operations, making these data suitable to explore banks' international linkages... [more]

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Systemic risk indicators and financial crises

Interbank linkages at the national and the international level can represent a source of systemic risk and impose a threat to international financial stability... [more]

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Banking supervision and regulation

The recent financial crisis has led researchers and policy makers to rethink the role of banking supervision and regulation in a context of highly interconnected and globally active banks... [more]

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Financial indices

Research on international banking does not only contribute to the understanding of the transmission of financial shocks. It also seeks to understand how different social and cultural features, as well as market structures affect the internationalization of banks... [more]

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IWH Latin American Banking Database

The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) has developed a dataset that contributes to the current research agenda on cross-border banking... [more]

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