The Enigma of Non-Interest Income Convergence
Posted: 2 Aug 2010 Last revised: 12 Mar 2011
Date Written: June 3, 2009
Over the past quarter century, the great wave of financial liberalization, together with advances in information-processing-technology and finance theory, created severe competitive pressures on both the asset and liability sides of bank balance sheets and, on the positive side, allowed banks to offer more products and services. Responding strategically, banks shifted away from traditional intermediation activities to fee-earning and trading activities. Yet, as we document using the panel convergence methodology developed by Phillips and Sul (2007a), this shift exceeded what one could reasonably expect. Specifically, the share of non-interest income has been converging in the OECD countries providing a strong indication that the aforementioned common competitive pressures dominated the bank-specific and country-specific factors that affect the composition of bank income. Among the policy implications, the systemic risk on a global scale is likely to be greater than that indicated by bank-level and country-level analysis.
Keywords: Non-interest income, banks, logt test, transition curves
JEL Classification: G21, C32, C33
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