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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between bank ownership (foreign vs. domestic) and bank profitability in three South-Eastern European countries, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia using individual bank data. There are a lot empirical evidences that banks with foreign ownership have better performance. This is due on the better corporate governance in those banks that is manifest with better risk management system. In micromanagement, better risk management system is depicted in better granting criteria, more strict and unbiased process, better monitoring system and more proactive strategy. This leads to better quality of the credit portfolio and better performance indicators. This paper will explore this hypothesis on basis of a sample of 24 banks from the three sample countries through a data series of ROE for the period 2008-2016.

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