Silva (2019) Bank Ownership Database

When using this database, please cite: Silva, A. F. (2019). Strategic Liquidity Mismatch and Financial Sector Stability. Review of Financial Studies, 32(12), 4696-4733.

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  • While I did my best to provide the most accurate information possible, I (or the institution I am affiliated with) do not take responsibility for any potential inconsistencies.


  • Commercial banks operating in the 34 OECD countries, 1999-2014


  • The ownership information was manually collected from the Bureau van Dijk (BvD) ownership database, banks and central banks’ websites, and newspaper articles obtained from Factiva. The data was further cross-checked with the Claessens and Van Horen (2015) Bank Ownership Database. However, the bank ownership database I compiled differs from theirs in three main aspects:
  1. While the Claessens and Van Horen (2015) database indicates whether a certain bank is foreign-owned or not and, if applicable, the respective home country of the parent bank, I obtain information on who the actual owner of this foreign-owned bank is, and its respective Bankscope/Orbis Bank Focus identifier.
  2. While Claessens and Van Horen (2015) report the country of ownership based on direct ownership, I consider the ultimate bank owner based on a 50% threshold.
  3. While Claessens and Van Horen (2015) provide data over the period 1995-2013 in 139 countries, I collect more granular information for commercial banks operating in the 34 OECD countries from 1999 to 2014.
  • Note: DOM=domestic; FOREIGN=foreign non-bank parent