Bank fragility in the Caribbean

Author(s): Craigwell, Roland; Polius, Tracy (1997)

Created 22 Jul, 1997
Categories Working Papers Roland Craigwell Special Collection
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This paper tests the significance of bank specific variables, macroeconomic variables and aggregate banking sector variables as determinants of bank fragility. Much research has been conducted in an effort to determine the factors which contribute to failure of financial institutions and fragility of a financial system. Gonzalez Hermosillo [et al.] in an application to the Mexico financial crises propose an empirical methodology to gauge the factors determining the fragility of banks and the banking sector. This paper applies their methodology to panel data from the banking sector of CARICOM countries. An attempt is made to gauge the relative contribution of bank specific variables to bank fragility.

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