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Foreign banks have increased their market share in many emerging markets since the mid- 1990s. The authors examine whether this contributed to financial stability in the respective host countries in the global financial crisis. Their results suggest that the stabilizing impact of foreign banks was limited to the cross-border component of financial globalization and to two regions: Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Only in the latter region was this translated into more stable credit growth. Thus hopes that a stronger presence of foreign banks might help host countries in isolating domestic credit from international shocks did not materialize in the current crisis.
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