Capital Account Liberalization and the Composition of Bank Liabilities

Luís A.V. Catão, Daniel te Kaat*

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Using a sample of almost 600 banks in Latin America, we show that capital account liberalization lowers the share of equity and raises the share of interbank funding in total liabilities of the banking system. These shifts are mostly due to large banks; smaller banks, instead, increase their resort to retail funding by offering higher average deposit interest rates than larger banks. We also find significant differences in the behavior of banks with seemingly greater information opacity. These findings have positive implications for macro-prudential regulation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102434
JournalJournal of International Money and Finance
Publication statusPublished - Sept-2021

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