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  • Diskussionspapiere 903 / 2009

    Demand Side Analysis of Microlending Markets in Germany

    In developing and transition economies, microlending has become an effective instrument for providing micro businesses with the necessary financial resources to launch operations. In the industrialized countries, with their highly developed banking systems, however, there has been ongoing debate on the question of whether an uncovered demand for microlending services exists. The present pilot study ...

    2009| Alexander S. Kritikos, Christoph Kneiding, Claas Christian Germelmann
  • Diskussionspapiere 901 / 2009

    Are Private Equity Investors Good or Evil?

    The paper investigates the motives of activity (entry and exit) of Private Equity (PE) investors in European companies. Investment of a PE firm is not viewed unambiguously. First, it is claimed that PE investment is made for the sake of seeking short-term gains by taking control and utilizing the company's resources. Second, a PE firm invests because of prior identification of chances to add value ...

    2009| Oleg Badunenko, Nataliya Barasinska, Dorothea Schäfer
  • Diskussionspapiere 940 / 2009

    Financial Development and Economic Growth: Evidence from Ten New EU Members

    This paper reviews the main features of the banking and financial sector in ten new EU members, and then examines the relationship between financial development and economic growth in these countries by estimating a dynamic panel model over the period 1994-2007. The evidence suggests that the stock and credit markets are still underdeveloped in these economies, and that their contribution to economic ...

    2009| Guglielmo Maria Caporale, Christophe Rault, Robert Sova, Anamaria Sova
  • Diskussionspapiere 906 / 2009

    Evaluating Greek Equity Funds Using Data Envelopment Analysis

    This study assesses the relative performance of Greek equity funds employing a non-parametric method, specifically Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Using an original sample of cost and operational attributes we explore the effect of each variable on funds' operational efficiency for an oligopolistic and bank-dominated fund industry. Our results have significant implications for the investors' fund ...

    2009| Vassilios Babalos, Guglielmo Maria Caporale, Nikolaos Philippas
  • Diskussionspapiere 757 / 2007

    The Default Risk of Firms Examined with Smooth Support Vector Machines

    In the era of Basel II a powerful tool for bankruptcy prognosis is vital for banks. The tool must be precise but also easily adaptable to the bank's objections regarding the relation of false acceptances (Type I error) and false rejections (Type II error). We explore the suitability of Smooth Support Vector Machines (SSVM), and investigate how important factors such as selection of appropriate accounting ...

    2007| Wolfgang Härdle, Yuh-Jye Lee, Dorothea Schäfer, Yi-Ren Yeh
  • Diskussionspapiere 784 / 2008

    Corporate Debt Maturity Choice in Transition Financial Markets

    This paper investigates the determinants of liability maturity choice in transition markets. We formulate a model of firm value maximization that describes managers' choice of optimal debt structure. The theoretical predictions are tested using a unique panel of 4,300 Ukrainian firms during the period 2000-2005. Our estimates confirm the importance of liquidity, signaling, maturity matching, and agency ...

    2008| Andreas Stephan, Oleksandr Talavera, Andriy Tsapin
  • FINESS Working Papers 1.1b / 2009

    European Financial Market Integration: A Closer Look at Government Bonds in Eurozone Countries

    The European Union made a number of steps not least of them the introduction of a common currency to foster the integration of the European financial markets. A number of papers have tried to gauge the degree of integration for various financial markets looking at the convergence of interest rates. A common finding is that government bond markets are quite well integrated. In this paper stochastic ...

    2009| Sebastian Weber
  • FINESS Working Papers 1.2 / 2009

    Financial Convergence in the New EU Member States

    In this paper we explore the issue of financial convergence in the new EU member states (NMS). For the purposes of our analysis the countries falling into the category NMS are Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, i.e. all countries that joined the EU in the last decade, except Cyprus and Malta.

    2009| Kalin Hristov, Rossen Rozenov
  • Diskussionspapiere 872 / 2009

    The Role of Asset Markets for Private Consumption: Evidence from Paneleconometric Models

    We explore the long and short run relationship between private consumption, disposable income and housing and financial wealth approximated by price indices for a panel of industrialized countries. Consumption, income and wealth are cointegrated in their common, but not in their idiosyncratic components. This stresses the relevance of inter-national spillovers to explain aggregate consumption behaviour. ...

    2009| Christian Dreger, Hans-Eggert Reimers
  • FINESS Working Papers 1.1d / 2009

    The Financial Integration of the European Union: Common and Idiosyncratic Drivers

    The purpose of this paper is to establish how far the process of financial integration has gone in the European Union. There is growing evidence that the appearance of the Euro has accelerated the integration of a number of financial markets among those countries who have adopted the Euro. We identify the growth in financial integration as the process by which idiosyncratic factors at the national ...

    2009| Chris Higson, Sean Holly, Ivan Petrella
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