Do Banks Learn from Financial Crisis? The Experience of Nordic Banks
Berglund, Tom; Mäkinen, Mikko (02.01.2019)
JulkaisusarjaResearch in International Business and Finance
NumeroJanuary ; 2019
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite onhttps://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:bof-201901091019
Using a large panel data set of Nordic (Finland, Norway and Sweden) and European banks for the period 1994–2010, we study whether banks can retain their lessons from the experience of a severe financial crisis. Our key finding is that the Nordic banks had better returns and greater financial stability compared to other European banks during the 2008 crisis, after controlling for key bank characteristics and macroeconomic factors. Our findings are consistent with the learning hypothesis of Fahlenbrach et al. (2012), suggesting that the Nordic banks were able internalize the lessons from the Nordic systemic banking crisis of the early 1990s.
Published in Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 30/2016.