Developing Countries Navigating Global Banking Standards

Public Seminar

Ort / Datum
Bonn, 18.12.2018


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

In today’s world of globalised finance, regulators even in the world’s smallest developing countries have to weigh up the international ramifications of their decisions. In this seminar, Dr. Florence Dafe (London School of Economics and Political Science) presented the results of a three-year research project titled "Developing countries navigating global banking standards". The project, which brings together a team of researchers with expertise in the political economy of finance in eleven countries on three continents, examines the politics of bank regulation in developing countries, with a focus on Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMICs). This seminar provided new insights whether, and to what extent, regulators in LMICs are basing their decisions on international banking standards (Basel I, II, and III), and the reasons for this. Findings from cross-country panel analysis and in-depth country case studies suggest that LMICs tend to face considerable pressures to adopt global banking standards even though they have the least developed financial sectors and in many ways find themselves at the periphery of the global financial system.


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