Special Issue "Bank Efficiency and Risk Management"

A special issue of Journal of Risk and Financial Management (ISSN 1911-8074). This special issue belongs to the section "Banking and Finance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 1227

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Alin Marius Andries
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Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Bvd. Carol 1, no.22, 700505 Iasi, Romania
Interests: banking; financial intermediation; household finance; systemic risk; corporate governance; risk management and empirical finance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the performance of financial institutions and competition within the financial systems. This brought back, both on the policy agenda and in the academic literature, the discussion of the sensitive relationship between macroeconomics and the commercial banks’ performance, which are seen as the most important financial institutions for the local economies. Against the backdrop of highly globalised economies and integrated cross-border supply chains, the lockdown measures imposed in the majority of countries and the containment measures adopted to limit the spread of the virus have brought the global economy to a sudden stop, making this crisis truly different. How do the pandemic and the implementation of prudential policies and government interventions impact the bank efficiency and risk management?

This Special Issue will publish papers in various areas related to bank efficiency and risk management in a pandemic and negative interest rates environment. Possible topics for the proposed Special Issue that could be addressed include the following: (1) banks’ efficiency in the pandemic; (2) pandemic and risk management; (3) factors affecting bank efficiency and risk management during the COVID-19 pandemic; and (4) the impact of regulatory changes on the banks’ efficiency and stability. Papers with rigorous empirical research methods and practical applications in the EU, US, and other areas’ banking sectors are most welcome.

Prof. Dr. Alin Andries
Guest Editor

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  • banks’ efficiency
  • risk management
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • macroprudential policies
  • government interventions

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Determinants of Bank M&As in Central and Eastern Europe
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2021, 14(12), 621; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm14120621 - 20 Dec 2021
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This paper analyzes the determinants of bank mergers and acquisitions (M&As) from a bank-level perspective. The main objective of the study is to identify those mutual characteristics of all banking institutions from Central and Eastern Europe that are prone to be acquired versus [...] Read more.
This paper analyzes the determinants of bank mergers and acquisitions (M&As) from a bank-level perspective. The main objective of the study is to identify those mutual characteristics of all banking institutions from Central and Eastern Europe that are prone to be acquired versus acquirer, or national versus cross-border. Using a database of more than 200 M&As transactions between 2000 and 2018 within Central and Eastern Europe, we document the main characteristics that influence the decision of merging, including the size of the bank, profitability, lending activities, liquidity, bank concentration, banking system stability, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, and the level of inflation. Higher effective average tax rate, which is associated with reduced tax avoidance, influences banks in a positive manner to be involved in the M&A process, findings that hold for targeted banks and domestic transactions. Furthermore, the analysis highlights the changes the financial crisis has projected on investors’ behavior. Full article
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