Foreign-Owned Banks

The Role of Ownership in Post-Communist European Countries

  • Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska
  • Paola Bongini
  • Paweł Smaga
  • Bartosz Witkowski

Part of the Studies in Economic Transition book series (SET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska
    Pages 1-4
  3. Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska, Paweł Smaga, Bartosz Witkowski
    Pages 65-88
  4. Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska, Paweł Smaga, Bartosz Witkowski
    Pages 89-167
  5. Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska, Paola Bongini, Paweł Smaga, Bartosz Witkowski
    Pages 169-212
  6. Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska
    Pages 213-215
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-220

About this book


This book provides an in-depth analysis of the role of foreign-owned banks for credit growth, financial stability and economic growth in the post-communist European countries. Using data covering 20 countries over the period from 1995 to 2015, the authors analyse the evolution of banking sectors in CESEE after the transformation in the historical context. This helps draw a new picture of the role of financial development and EU accession in that region, being also a lesson for other countries or regions in transition. Additionally, as the Global Financial Crisis has left a stigma in banking sectors, the book shows its impact on the post-communist banking sectors. As the foreign banks dominate the banking sectors in CESEE countries (the stake of foreign-owned banks is below 50% of assets in only five out of 20 countries), their strategies materially impact the development of CESEE banking sectors, which warrants our scientific exploration.

Arriving at a clear concluding point of view on the role of foreign-owned banks and providing insights for future policy of CESEEs towards foreign presence in their banking sectors, this book should be of interest to academics, students, and policymakers. 


financial stability economic development banking sectors foreign-owned banks financial development economies in transition global financial crisis home country host country parent bank EU accession subsidiary

Authors and affiliations

  • Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska
    • 1
  • Paola Bongini
    • 2
  • Paweł Smaga
    • 3
  • Bartosz Witkowski
    • 4
  1. 1.SGH Warsaw School of EconomicsWarsawPoland
  2. 2.University of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  3. 3.SGH Warsaw School of EconomicsWarsawPoland
  4. 4.SGH Warsaw School of EconomicsWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-01110-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-01111-6
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