EU banks rating assignments : is there heterogeneity between new and old member countries?

Caporale, Guglielmo Maria and Matousek, Roman and Stewart, Chris (2009) EU banks rating assignments : is there heterogeneity between new and old member countries? Centre for International Capital Markets discussion papers, 2009 (21). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1749-3412

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Abstract

We model EU countries' bank ratings using financial variables and allowing for intercept and slope heterogeneity. We find that country-specific factors (in the form of heterogeneous intercepts) are a crucial determinant of ratings. Whilst "new" EU countries typically have lower ratings than "old" EU countries, after controlling for financial variables, all countries are found to have significantly different intercepts, which confirms our hypothesis. This intercept heterogeneity may reflect differences in country risk and the legal and regulatory framework that banks face (such as foreclosure laws). In addition, ratings may respond differently to the liquidity and operating expenses to operating income variables across countries: typically ratings are more responsive to the former and less sensitive to the latter for "new" EU countries compared with "old" EU countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for International Capital Markets discussion papers; CICM discussion papers; EU countries; banks; ratings; ordered choice models; index of indicator variables
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 12:05
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 12:05
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/454

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