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  • Keloharju, Matti; Malkamäki, Markku; Nyborg, Kjell G.; Rydqvist, Kristian (2002)
    Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita; Bank of Finland. Discussion papers 16/2002
    This paper presents a descriptive analysis of the primary and secondary market for Finnish treasury bonds.The paper focuses on three issues.First, we report basic descriptive statistics such as auction volumes and secondary market yields and volumes.Second, we estimate the revenues earned by primary dealers from the treasury bond market.Third, we analyse the development of the price of the auctioned bonds, relative to other benchmark bonds, around the time of the auction.We find evidence of a price decrease in the auctioned bond series before the auction and a price increase after the auction.This pattern is strongest for 1992-1994 when Treasury funding needs were heavy and secondary market trading volume of treasury bonds was modest. Key words: treasury bond auctions, secondary market JEL classification numbers: D44, G12, G20
  • Delis, Manthos D.; Hasan, Iftekhar; Iosifidi, Maria; Li, Lingxiang (Elsevier, 2018)
    Journal of Banking & Finance December ; 2018
    Using the full sample of U.S. banks and hand-collected data on enforcement actions over 2000–2014, we analyze the role of these interventions in promoting several aspects of accounting quality. We find that enforcement actions issued for both risk-related and accounting-related reasons lead to significant improvements in accounting quality. This improvement is consistently found for earnings smoothing, big-bath accounting, timely recognition of future loan losses, the association of loan loss provisions with future loan charge offs, loss avoidance, and cash flow predictability and earnings persistence. Most of the effects are somewhat more potent in the crisis period and survive in several sensitivity tests. Our findings highlight the imperative role of regulatory interventions in promoting bank accounting quality.
  • Francis, Bill; Hasan, Iftekhar; Song, Liang (2012)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 12/2012
    Published in Journal of Financial Research, Volume 35, Issue 3, October 2012: 343-374
    We investigate how borrowers corporate governance influences bank loan contracting terms in emerging markets and how this relation varies across countries with different country-level governance. We find that borrowers with stronger corporate governance obtain favorable contracting terms with respect to loan amount, maturity, collateral requirements, and spread. Firm-level and country-level corporate governance are substitutes in writing and enforcing financial contracts. We also find that the distinctiveness of borrowers characteristics affect the relation between firm-level corporate governance and loan contracting terms. Our findings are robust, irrespective of types of regression methods and specifications. JEL Classification: G20, G30, G31, G34, G38.
  • Goderis, Benedikt; Marsh, Ian W.; Castello, Judit Vall; Wagner, Wolf (2007)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 4/2007
    One of the most important recent innovations in financial markets has been the development of credit derivative products that allow banks to more actively manage their credit portfolios than ever before.We analyse the effect that access to these markets has had on the lending behaviour of a sample of banks, using a sample of banks that have not accessed these markets as a control group.We find that banks that adopt advanced credit risk management techniques (proxied by the issuance of at least one collateralized loan obligation) experience a permanent increase in their target loan levels of around 50%.Partial adjustment to this target, however, means that the impact on actual loan levels is spread over several years.Our findings confirm the general efficiency-enhancing implications of new risk management techniques in a world with frictions suggested in the theoretical literature. Keywords: credit derivatives, bank loans, moral hazard JEL classification numbers: G20, G21, G28
  • Haajanen, Jyrki (2010)
    Bank of Finland. Financial market report 2
    The financial crisis has increased demands that the banking sector contribute more to the costs of crises. The EU Commission has proposed the establishment of national resolution funds that would be funded by a levy on banks and used for the resolution of future financial crises. Initiatives for a global bank tax are however progressing slowly, as G20 finance ministers were unable to agree on a common approach to a bank levy.
  • Ripatti, Kirsi (2004)
    Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita 30/2004
    A Central Counterparty (CCP) is an entity that interposes itself between transacting counterparties - a seller vis-à-vis the original buyer and a buyer vis-àvis the original seller - to guarantee execution of the transaction.Thus, the original transacting parties substitute their contractual relationships with each other with contracts with the CCP.Central Counterparty Clearing has become increasingly popular in Europe, not just in derivatives markets, where, due to the high risk involved, it has been common for decades, but also in equities markets.Within the European Union, the main factor motivating the increased sophistication in clearing arrangements is the ongoing process of European economic integration, ie the euro's introduction, the ongoing organisation of an internal market for financial services and the corresponding objective of creating a pan-European financial infrastructure for payments and securities clearing and settlement.Central counterparty clearing houses exert a broad influence on the functioning of financial markets.They can increase the efficiency and stability of financial markets to the extent that their smooth functioning results in a more efficient use of collateral, lower operating costs and greater liquidity.As market players actively try to achieve economies of scale and scope with mergers and through harmonising their technical processes, they inevitably have had to focus on one of the most fragmented areas in Europe's securities market infrastructure - clearing and settlement.Because of the importance of its role, a CCP must have sound risk management.The CCP assumes responsibility in the aggregate and reallocates risk among participants.Moreover, if the CCP fails to perform risk management well, it can increase risk in the markets.While the big market players dominate the current CCP market in Europe, it is not only the big players who can benefit from a functioning CCP.With the right structure, a CCP enables small players to stay in the market and makes it possible for issuers in a regional marketplace to achieve market funding. Indeed, this is the tendency currently seen in the newest EU member states - and one of the main arguments against the single European CCP model.Although, the purpose has been to leave CCP questions to market participants, regulatory, oversight and supervisory issues can drive the actions of market participants.Indeed, authorities must sometimes be actively involved in boosting a CCP project to keep their home markets competitive.This may well be the situation faced by the Nordic/Baltic market in the near future.Thus, this paper attempts to give a neutral evaluation of the risks and benefits related to the functionality of CCPs in integrating markets and construct a framework for possible future risk-benefit analysis in a Finnish/Nordic-Baltic clearing and settlement infrastructure that incorporates a CCP solution.This is an updated version of a Bank of Finland working paper (Financial Markets Department 01/04).1 Key words: central counterparty clearing, clearing, settlement, securities markets, infrastructure, integration JEL classification numbers: G15, G20, G28, G33, G34
  • Dorbec, Anna (2005)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 15/2005
    Published in Growth Resumption in the CIS Countries, ed. by Oleh Havrylyshyn and Lucio Vinhas de Souza, Springer (2006), pp. 40-72
    The analysis of external economic relations of Russia reveals a paradox: while Europe is the main trade and direct investment partner of Russia, this is far from being the case concerning its currency s role in Russia's financial activities.The dollar is much preferred by economic agents for financial operations.This paper proposes a disaggregated approach to this issue by separating the means of exchange and store of value components of the use of substitution currencies.The influence of three main factors (inertial component, real trade relations and exchange rate fluctuations) on the relative demand for the euro by Russian economic agents is tested for the period 1999-2004.Finally we suggest a theoretical interpretation of the results based on the conventions theory approach. Keywords: dollarisation, euroisation, transition, Russia, currency substitution, asset substitution, network externalities, hysteresis, conventions JEL classification: E52, E41, F31, F41,G20
  • Hyytinen, Ari; Takalo, Tuomas (2008)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 2/2008
    Published in Review of Network Economics, Volume 8, Issue 2, 2009: 164-188
    In the market for payment media, some consumers use only one medium when paying for their point-of-sale transactions, while others use many. This pattern reflects the diffusion of new payment media, because a payment method innovation is typically first used simultaneously with the established methods. We study the use of multiple payment media by employing data on young Finnish consumers. We find that the use of multiple payment media is directly related to consumer awareness and that not controlling for the endogeneity of awareness can bias its effect downwards. These results suggest that increasing consumer awareness may have been underlying the rise of debit card use around the world. It could also speed up the adoption of new means of payment, such electronic money and mobile payments. To the extent that antitrust concerns in the market for payment media stem from the lack of information, improving consumer awareness could be a remedy. Keywords: payment media, consumer awareness, adoption of financial technology JEL classification numbers: G200, E590
  • Juselius, Mikael; Kim, Moshe; Ringbom, Staffan (2009)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 12/2009
    Persistent shifts in equilibria are likely to arise in oligopolistic markets and may be detrimental to the measurement of conduct, related markups and intensity of competition. We develop a cointegrated VAR (vector autoregression) based approach to detect long-run changes in conduct when data are difference stationary. Importantly, we separate the components in markups which are exclusively related to long-run changes in conduct from those explained solely by fundamentals. Our approach does not require estimation of markups and conduct directly, thereby avoiding complex problems in existing methodologies related to multiple and changing equilibria. Results from applying the model to US and five major European banking sectors indicate substantially different behavior of conventional raw markups and conduct-induced markups. Keywords: markups, cointegration, VAR, macroeconomic fundamentals, competition, banking JEL classification numbers: C32, C51, G20, L13, L16
  • Weill, Laurent (2009)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 3/2009
    Published in Empirical Economics, August 2011, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 25-42
    The aim of this paper is to analyze the effect of corruption in bank lending. Corruption is expected to hamper bank lending, as it is closely related to legal enforcement, which has been shown to promote banks' willingness to lend. Nevertheless the similarities between the consequences for bank lending of law enforcement and corruption are misleading, as they consider only judiciary corruption. Corruption can also occur in lending and may then be beneficial for bank lending via bribes given by borrowers to enhance their chances of receiving loans. This assumption may be validated particularly in the presence of pronounced risk aversion by banks, resulting in greater reluctance on the part of banks to grant loans. We perform country-level and bank-level estimations to investigate these assumptions. Corruption reduces bank lending in both sets of estimations. However, bank-level estimations show that the detrimental effect of corruption is reduced when bank risk aversion increases, even leading at times to situations wherein corruption fosters bank lending. Additional controls show that corruption does not increase bank credit by favoring only bad loans. Therefore, our findings show that while the overall effect of corruption is to hamper bank lending, it can alleviate firm's financing obstacles. JEL Codes: G20, O5 Keywords: Corruption, bank, financial development.
  • Fungáčová, Zuzana; Godlewski, Christophe J.; Weill, Laurent (2015)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 19/2015
    Published online in Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, April 2019
    We study the effect of bank loan and bond announcements on borrower’s stock price. We apply an event study methodology on a sample of companies from 17 European countries and find that debt announcement generates a positive stock market reaction. However, our main conclusion is that the issuance of a loan exerts a significantly stronger reaction than does the issuance of a bond. This finding supports the hypothesis that loan issuance has a positive certification effect. The analysis of determinants of abnormal returns following debt announcements shows a positive impact of financial development and a negative effect of the Eurozone crisis.
  • Fungáčová, Zuzana; Godlewski, Christophe J.; Weill, Laurent (2020)
    Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance February
    We study the effect of syndicated loan and bond announcements on the stock price of borrowers. No work since James (1987) on US data has compared the impact of both types of announcements on the same sample. Applying an event study methodology on a sample of companies from 17 Western European countries, we find that debt announcements tend to generate a positive stock market reaction. Our main conclusion is that loan issuance exerts a significantly stronger reaction than a bond issuance. This finding supports the hypothesis that loan issuance has a positive certification effect. The analysis of determinants of abnormal returns following debt announcements shows a positive impact for financial development and a negative effect for the Eurozone crisis.
  • Schmiedel, Heiko; Malkamäki, Markku; Tarkka, Juha (2002)
    Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita 26/2002
    Published in Journal of Banking & Finance, 30, 6, June 2006: 1783-1806
    The paper investigates the existence and extent of economies of scale in depository and settlement systems.Evidence from 16 settlement institutions across different regions for the years 1993-2000 indicates the existence of significant economies of scale.The degree of such economies, however, differs by size of settlement institution and region.While smaller settlement service providers reveal high potential of economies of scale, larger institutions show an increasing trend of cost effectiveness. Clearing and settlement systems in countries in Europe and Asia report substantially larger economies of scale than those of the US system.European cross-border settlement seems to be more cost intensive than that on a domestic level, reflecting chiefly complexities of EU international securities settlement and differences in the scope of international settlement services providers.The evidence also reveals that investments in implementing new systems and upgrades of settlement technology continuously improved cost effectiveness over the sample period. Key words: securities settlement, economies of scale, technological progress JEL classification numbers: D4, G20, F36, L22, O33
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    Euroopan keskuspankki. Kuukausikatsaus Tammikuu
    Tämän artikkelin tarkoituksena on tarkastella EKP:n tähän asti kehittämiä suhteita kansainvälisiin järjestöihin (esim.IMF, OECD ja BIS) ja foorumeihin (esim.G7- ja G10-maiden kokoukset sekä G20-ryhmä).Talous- ja rahaliitolle (EMU) olennaisissa kysymyksissä EKP edustaa instituutiona Euroopan yhteisöä kansainvälisellä tasolla yhdessä Ecofin-neuvoston kanssa.Näin tehdessään EKP ja Ecofin-neuvosto noudattavat Euroopan yhteisön perustamissopimuksessa (jäljempänä perustamissopimus) määrättyä toimivallanjakoa ja perustamissopimuksen muita määräyksiä. Toimivaltuuksien ja erityisjärjestelyjen mukaan kansainvälisiin kokouksiin osallistuvat myös euroalueen kansalliset keskuspankit jo Euroopan komissio.EKP osallistuu kansainväliseen yhteistyöhön aina silloin, kun käsiteltävänä on eurojärjestelmälle kuuluvia tehtäviä. Tähän asti EKP:n läsnäolo kansainvälisten järjestöjen ja foorumien kokouksissa on perusteltu noudattamalla käytännöllistä lähestymistapaa, jonka mukaan kunkin järjestön ja foorumin sääntöjä ja/tai käytäntöjä on muutettu mahdollisimman vähän.Todennäköisesti EKP:n osallistuminen näihin kokouksiin tulee kuitenkin muuttumaan ajan myötä.Politiikkanäkökulmasta EKP:n kansainvälinen yhteistyö on pääasiassa tietojen ja näkemysten vaihtamista euroalueen ulkopuolisten päätöstentekijöiden kanssa.EKP osallistuu myös riippumattomien järjestöjen kuten IMF:n ja OECD:n työhön, kun ne valvovat euroalueen talouskehitystä ja -politiikkaa.Lisäksi EKP on mukana määrittelemässä parhaita käytäntöjä, joilla halutaan edistää hyvän hallintotavan tehokkuutta ja avoimuutta.Tämä yhteistyö ei vaaranna EKP:n riippumattomuutta tai sen ensisijaista tavoitetta, hintavakauden säilyttämistä.
  • Saka, Orkun; Eichengreen, Barry; Aksoy, Cevat Giray (2021)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 13/2021
    We ask whether epidemic exposure leads to a shift in financial technology usage and who participates in this shift. We exploit a dataset combining Gallup World Polls and Global Findex surveys for some 250,000 individuals in 140 countries, merging them with information on the incidence of epidemics and local 3G internet infrastructure. Epidemic exposure is associated with an increase in remote-access (online/mobile) banking and substitution from bank branch-based to ATM activity. Heterogeneity in response centers on the age, income and employment of respondents. Young, high-income earners in full-time employment have the greatest tendency to shift to online/mobile transactions in response to epidemics. These effects are larger for individuals with better ex ante 3G signal coverage, highlighting the role of the digital divide in adaption to new technologies necessitated by adverse external shocks.
  • Takalo, Tuomas; Toivanen, Otto (2003)
    Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita 6/2003
    Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Volume 114, Issue 2, June 2012: 601-628
    We study a financial market adverse selection model where all agents are endowed with initial wealth and choose to invest as entrepreneurs or financiers, or not to invest.We show that often a lack of outside finance leads to the emergence of financial markets where availability of outside finance leads to autarky.We find that i) there exist Pareto-efficient and inefficient equilibria; ii) adverse selection has more severe consequences for poorer economies; iii) increasing initial wealth may cause a shift from Pareto-efficient to inefficient equilibrium; iv) increasing the proportion of agents with positive NPV projects causes a shift from inefficient to efficient equilibrium; v) equilibrium financial contracts are either equity-like or 'pure' debt contracts; vi) agents with negative (positive) NPV projects earn rents only in (non-)wealth-constrained economies; vii) agents earn rents only when employing pure debt contracts; and viii) removing storage technology destroys the only Pareto-efficient equilibrium in non-wealth-constrained economies.Our model enables analysis of various policies concerning financial stability, the need for sophisticated financial institutions, development aid, and the promotion of entrepreneurship. Key words: financial market efficiency, adverse selection, financial contracts, creation of firms. JEL classification numbers: D58, G14, G20, G28, G32
  • Ikonen, Pasi (2017)
    Bank of Finland. Scientific monographs. E 51
    This thesis applies several econometric methods to a selection of country panels to study how growth is influenced by financial development and government debt. The first part presents the thesis discussion, including a synthesis on financial development, government debt, money supply, and economic growth. The second part deepens the discussion with three stand-alone essays. The first essay models how financial development affects growth through utilization of technological innovation. Based on explicit modeling of the innovation channel of finance, the results show a significant and positive sign for the interaction term between the measure of a country’s own innovation and financial development in the most important specifications. This suggests that the innovation channel of finance is likely to be positively relevant to growth. The second essay examines effects of venture capital investment on economic growth in a similar framework. The findings demonstrate that the interaction of venture capital with innovation has a positive and statistically significant coefficient. Further, the joint impact related to venture capital and its interactions is positive in most specifications, suggesting that venture capital is probably a relevant factor for growth. The third essay delves deeply in the effects of general government debt and general government external debt on growth of real GDP. It explores the long-standing endogeneity problem, includes other relevant debt concepts besides government total debt, revisits the issue whether there are threshold values for the government debt ratio, examines the effect of debt on GDP components and structure, uses timely and extensive datasets and extensive robustness analysis, and runs meta-regressions of the results of this and a many of other studies. Even with correction for endogeneity, the study finds modest evidence of a negative and significant growth impact for government debt. The evidence is not robust over all samples and specifications. The final essay also reports evidence of a negative and significant effect of government external debt in the sample of developed economies. The findings overall comport with those of recent papers that conclude that there is no universal threshold value for a government debt ratio that would hold across all countries. Further, government debt appears to decrease the private-investment-to-GDP ratio, but increases the GDP ratio for household consumption. The meta-regression analysis shows that the study’s results on how specification features affect the estimate of the government debt coefficient are broadly in line with those of other studies.
  • He, Qing; Xue, Chang; Zhu, Chenqi (2014)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 12/2014
    The paper investigates the influences of financial development on patterns of industrial specialization across China's regions. We find that industrial sectors reliant on access to external finance are found to concentrate in regions with developed financial markets. Both foreign direct investment (FDI) and informal financing channels are shown to play significant roles in shaping patterns of industrial specialization in China. In contrast, proxies for formal financial markets, e.g. the banking system and capital markets have few effects on regional industrial agglomeration. The role of financial development remains robust to instrumental variable estimation and controlling for other traditional determinants of regional specialization. Keywords: financial development, informal finance, FDI, industrial specialization JEL: G10, G20, L60
  • Horvath, Roman; Horvatova, Eva; Siranova, Maria (2017)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 12/2017
    We examine the determinants of financial development using our global sample and employing a rich set of measures of financial development that assess the degree of depth, access, stability and efficiency of financial intermediaries. We use Bayesian model averaging to test competing theories within this unifying framework. Examining nearly 40 potential determinants of financial development, we find that the rule of law and the level of economic development are the most important. Wealth inequality is irrelevant for banking sector development but positively associated with stock market development. Finally, our results suggest that financial market regulations matter for stock market efficiency and financial stability.
  • Kurronen, Sanna (2012)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 6/2012
    Published in Emerging Markets Review, Volume 23, June 2015: 208–229.
    This paper examines financial sector characteristics in resource-dependent economies. Using a unique dataset covering 133 countries, we present empirical evidence that the banking sector tends to be smaller in resource-dependent economies, even when controlling for several other factors which have been shown to have a significant effect on financial sector development in previous studies. Moreover, the threshold level at which the increasing resource-dependence begins to be harmful for domestic banking sector is very low. We also find evidence that the use of market-based and foreign financing is more common in resource-dependent economies. Further, we argue that a relatively small financial sector used to cater the needs of the resource sector might be unfavorable for emerging businesses, thereby hampering economic diversification and reinforcing the resource curse. resource dependence, resource curse, financial sector, banks, panel data, G20, O16, O57, Q32