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Stopa dochodu odsetkowego banków a cykl wyborczy
Net interest margin and electoral cycle

Author(s): Krzysztof Jackowicz, Łukasz Kozłowski, Oskar Kowalewski
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego
Keywords: net interest margins; government-owned banks; elections

Summary/Abstract: The article investigates whether performance of government-owned banks is influenced by electoral considerations. To verify the political interference hypothesis, net interest margins recorded by banks during different stages of the electoral cycle are studied. Univariate tests are applied and random effects regression models are estimated. It is established that government-owned banks exhibit statistically and economically significantly lower net interest margins and interest incomes during pre-electoral periods in Central European countries. The results support the view that government-owned banks do realize political goals. The role of only one political factor, i.e. electoral cycle is analyzed. A comprehensive research project should encompass the effect of such factors as political competition, non-electoral political events, electoral expectations, government political complexion, and institutional development on governmentowned banks’ behaviors. It should also assess the political determinants of lending volume. The article uses a new dataset including financial information since 1992, i.e. since the early transformation years.

  • Issue Year: 119/2012
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 23-37
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish