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date: 24 May 2018

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This article provides an overview of research on the causes and effects of international bank mergers. It focuses on three main questions: First, what are the determinants and driving forces of cross-border bank mergers? Second, what are the effects of cross-border bank mergers on the efficiency and competitiveness of financial institutions and the financial system? Third, what are the implications of bank mergers for risks in banking? It begins with a brief review of the stylized facts on international bank mergers.

Keywords: international bank mergers, cross-border bank mergers, bank efficiency, competitiveness, financial system, financial institutions, banking risks

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