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International banking and transmission of the 1931 financial crisis

Accominotti, Olivier (2016) International banking and transmission of the 1931 financial crisis. CEPR discussion papers (11651). Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, UK.

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Abstract

In May-July 1931, a series of financial panics shook Central Europe before spreading to the rest of the world. This paper explores how the 1931 Central European crisis propagated to the London and New York financial centers; it also examines the role of cross-border banking linkages in international crisis transmission. Using archival bank-level data, I document US and British banks' asset-side exposure to the crisis region. The Continental crisis disturbed few US banks but endangered several British financial institutions and triggered severe stress in the London money market. Central European credits were mostly held by large and diversified commercial banks in the United States and by small and geographically specialized financial institutions in Britain. Differences in the market structure of the trade finance industry explain why the 1931 Central European crisis infected London banks but not New York banks.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cepr.org/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 10:30
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 23:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84581

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