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Russian Banking since the Crisis of 1998. CEPS Working Document No. 209, October 2004

Steinherr, Alfred. (2004) Russian Banking since the Crisis of 1998. CEPS Working Document No. 209, October 2004. [Working Paper]

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    This paper establishes that the banking sector in Russia is far less-developed than in the formerly socialist countries of Central Europe and that the underdevelopment of the financial sector is a drag on economic growth. It holds that the major cause of the financial crisis of 1998 was not losses on treasury-bill investments, as widely thought, but foreign exchange exposures, imprudent lending with limited risk diversification and bad management. The financial crisis, often regarded as not very damaging on account of the small size of the banking sector compared to GDP, caused substantial costs in terms of economic growth. An amazing feature of the crisis resolution was that the authorities abstained from substantially restructuring the banking sector. With regard to much-needed reforms, this paper proposes alternatives to privatising Russia

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Russia
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > Single Market > capital, goods, services, workers
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2009
    Page Range: p. 23
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:16

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