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David Boto-García
Department of Economics, University of Oviedo
Antonio Álvarez
Department of Economics, University of Oviedo
José Francisco Baños Pino
Department of Economics, University of Oviedo
Vol. 10 No. 1 (2021), Articles, pages 5-29
Submitted: Oct 22, 2020 Accepted: Feb 8, 2021 Published: Jun 17, 2021
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This paper studies the relationship between the Euribor rate and the return on average assets (ROAA) of the Spanish banking sector. We use quarterly time series data for the period 1995-2016. Our analysis also controls for bank factors, market concentration, the macroeconomic environment and time effects. The main purpose is to examine how the sector's ROAA varies with the slope of the yield curve. We find evidence of an inverse relationship between the Euribor rate and profitability. We also show that banking profitability is pro-cyclical and is positively related to the stock of performing loans and the national 10-year bond yield.


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