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Banks and the political economy of the sovereign debt crisis in Italy and Spain. CES Papers - Open Forum #18, 2013-2014

Quaglia, Lucia and Royo, Sebastian (2014) Banks and the political economy of the sovereign debt crisis in Italy and Spain. CES Papers - Open Forum #18, 2013-2014. [Policy Paper]

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    This paper sets out to explain why Spain experienced a full-fledged sovereign debt crisis and had to resort to euroarea financial assistance for its banks, whereas Italy did not. It undertakes a structured comparison, dissecting the sovereign debt crisis into a banking crisis and a balance of payments crisis. It argues that the distinctive features of bank business models and of national banking systems in Italy and Spain have considerable analytical leverage in explaining the different scenarios of the crises in each country. This ‘bank-based’ analysis contributes to the flourishing literature that examines changes in banking with a view to account for the differentiated impact of the global banking crisis first and the sovereign debt crisis in the euroarea later.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Italy, Spain, financial crisis, banking crisis, sovereign debt crisis, euroarea crisis, bank business models
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Italy
    Countries > Spain
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > financial crisis 2008-on/reforms/economic governance
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Harvard University, Center for European Studies
    Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 16:49
    Number of Pages: 20
    Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 16:49

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