Geopolitical risk and bank stability

Dinh Hoang Bach Phan, Vuong Thao Tran, Bernard Njindan Iyke

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In this paper, we present evidence supporting our hypothesis that geopolitical risk hurts bank stability. Using annual bank stability, bank-specific, macroeconomic, and geopolitical risk datasets, we show that an increase in geopolitical risk is associated with a decline in bank stability. This finding is robust to different geopolitical risk and bank stability measures, removing the period of extreme financial events, excluding banks with less than ten years of data, potential endogeneity issues, and controlling for other risk factors. Our results also emphasize the role of holding capital and bank size in attenuating the destabilizing effect of geopolitical risk.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102453
Number of pages9
JournalFinance Research Letters
Issue numberPart B
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Bank characteristics
  • Bank stability
  • Geopolitical risk
  • Perceived geopolitical risk
  • Realized geopolitical risk

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