Determinants of the loan loss allowance : some cross-country comparisons

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Title: Determinants of the loan loss allowance : some cross-country comparisons
Author: Hasan, Iftekhar ; Wall, Larry D.
Organization: Suomen Pankki
Series: Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita
Series number: 33/2003
Year of publication: 2003
Publication date: 1.12.2003
Pages: 33 s.
Keywords: pankkitoiminta; kansainvälinen; luottotappiot; luotonanto; luotot; tilinpäätös; standardit; luottotappiovaraukset
JEL: G21; G28; E58; F23; G33
Abstract: This paper analyses the determinants of banks loan loss allowances for samples of US banks and three non-US samples: a group of 21 countries, Canada and Japan.The model includes fundamental (or non-discretionary) determinants of the allowance such as non-performing loans, and discretionary determinants such as income before the loan loss provision.The results suggest that the loan loss allowance is sensitive to pre-provision income in almost all samples.However, the results also suggest that some variables thought to reflect fundamental factors in US analysis, such as net chargeoffs, are not significant factors for non-US banks. Key words: loan loss allowance, accounting standards, international banking, nonperforming loan, discretionary accruals JEL classification numbers: G21, G28, E58, F23, G33

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