Bank Credit Allocation in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Despite their importance, data on the structure of bank credit by maturity are scarce. For Latin America and the Caribbean, data are particularly difficult to obtain, as few banks report loan maturity data in commercial data sets such as Bankscope. With support from the Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas, this study assembled a novel data set on the structure of bank credit allocation in Latin America and the Caribbean covering 21 countries during 2004-14. This paper uses Bankscope and International Financial Statistics data to extended the coverage to more than 100 countries, creating the largest data set so far on credit by maturity. Benchmarking credit structure in Latin America and the Caribbean, the paper finds that the region is financially underdeveloped, because the ratio of short-term credit to gross domestic product is lower than in peers; long-term credit is at par; and consumer and commercial loans are lower.

Type: 
Time Series
Topics: 
Financial Sector Development
Economy Coverage: 
High Income
IBRD
IDA
Languages Supported: 
English
Number of Economies: 
100
Geographical Coverage: 
World
East Asia & Pacific
American Samoa
Australia
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
China
Cook Islands
Fiji
French Polynesia
Guam
Hong Kong SAR, China
Indonesia
Japan
Kiribati
Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
Korea, Rep.
Lao PDR
Macao SAR, China
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Niue
Northern Mariana Islands
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Samoa
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Taiwan, China
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Europe & Central Asia
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Channel Islands
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Isle of Man
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyz Republic
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia, FYR
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Latin America & Caribbean
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Argentina
Bahamas, The
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Chile
Costa Rica
Colombia
Cuba
Curaçao
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Martinique
Mexico
Montserrat
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Puerto Rico
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
St. Barthélemy
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Martin (French part)
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uruguay
Venezuela, RB
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Middle East & North Africa
Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Djibouti
Iraq
Iran, Islamic Rep.
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Malta
Morocco
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syrian Arab Republic
West Bank and Gaza
United Arab Emirates
Tunisia
Yemen, Rep.
North America
Bermuda
Canada
United States
South Asia
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Pakistan
Nepal
Maldives
Sri Lanka
Sub-Saharan Africa
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Côte d'Ivoire
Ethiopia
Eritrea
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
São Tomé and Principe
Seychelles
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Eswatini
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Temporal Coverage: 
2004 - 2014

Update Frequency

Update Frequency: 
No fixed schedule
Release Date: 
August 29, 2018

Last Updated

Last Updated: 
December 12, 2018

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Despite their importance, data on the structure of bank credit by maturity are scarce. For Latin America and the Caribbean, data are particularly difficult to obtain, as few banks report loan maturity data in commercial data sets such as Bankscope. With support from the Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas, this study assembled a novel data set on the structure of bank credit allocation in Latin America and the Caribbean covering 21 countries during 2004-14. This paper uses Bankscope and International Financial Statistics data to extended the coverage to more than 100 countries, creating the largest data set so far on credit by maturity. Benchmarking credit structure in Latin America and the Caribbean, the paper finds that the region is financially underdeveloped, because the ratio of short-term credit to gross domestic product is lower than in peers; long-term credit is at par; and consumer and commercial loans are lower.

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Temporal Coverage

2004 - 2014

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Economy Coverage: 
Number of Economies: 
100
Update Frequency: 
Geographical Coverage: 
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Start Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2004
End Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
GFC
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Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Last Updated Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Modified date: 
17877
Primary Dataset: 
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