Supply and Demand for Foreign Currency Loans in Central and Eastern Europe

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Duration Feb. 1, 2007 - Dec. 31, 2007

  • Europainstitut (eh. Fink) AE (Former organization)


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  • Steiner, Katharina (Former researcher) Project Head

Abstract (English)

Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) face high volumes of foreign currency loans which recently lead to first concerns over increasing risks. Financial market research has so far neglected this development. The aim of this research project is to analyze the factors determining the demand and the supply for foreign currency loans in order to better understand the mechanisms causing the high level of foreign currency debt. Risks for borrowers, banks and the whole economy will be assessed. Do certain countries need to improve their portfolio (of foreign versus domestic currency holdings) to reduce their foreign indebtedness and further increase stability? To test the hypothesis, this project will combine a qualitative review of academic literature with new, detailed empirical evidence for currency substitution in 13 CEECs. The contribution to research in the field of financial markets will be to (1) analyze the supply and the demand for foreign currency loans, assess the risks and to (2) establish a new, detailed database on foreign currency holdings that will also provide a solid basis for future research.


Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2007 Steiner, Katharina. 2007. Mechanisms driving foreign currency debt of private households in CEECs. ICCEES Regional European Congress, Berlin, Deutschland, 02.08.-04.08.. (Details)