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Foreign bank acquisitions and outreach : evidence from Mexico
Author:Beck, Thorsten; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4467
Country:Mexico; Date Stored:2008/06/24
Document Date:2008/01/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Banks & Banking Reform; Debt Markets; ; Corporate LawLanguage:English
Region:Latin America & CaribbeanReport Number:WPS4467
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: Recently, developing countries have witnessed a sharp increase in foreign bank participation. The authors examine the impact on banking outreach using newly gathered data for Mexico, where foreign bank participation rose from 2 percent to 83 percent of assets during 1997-2005. Country-, bank-, and bank-municipality level estimations show a decline in the number of deposit and loan accounts. While country- and bank-level estimations indicate an increase in the share of municipalities with bank branches and in the likelihood of bank presence, bank-municipality regressions show that only rich and urban municipalities benefited. Overall, the evidence is consistent with a decline in outreach.

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