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Multiple Banking Relationships: Evidence from the Italian Experience

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  • Cosci, Stefania
  • Meliciani, Valentina

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Despite the growing theoretical literature on multiple banking relationships, empirical studies investigating the determinants of the number of bank-lending relationships are very scant. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap. Using a new data set provided by a large Italian bank we provide econometric evidence that the number of banking relationships is increasing in firms' leverage and decreasing in the riskiness of the sector in which the firm operates. This evidence suggests that firms must engage in multiple banking relationships in order to satisfy their demand for leverage and is consistent with an interpretation of the multiple banking relationship "puzzle" based on the behaviour of the bank. A large bank may find it optimal to finance many firms for a small share of their total leverage rather than fully financing a smaller number of firms in order to share risk and to maximise the number of customers. Copyright 2002 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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Volume (Year): 70 (2002)
Issue (Month): 0 (Supplement)
Pages: 37-54

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  1. Andrea Filippo Presbitero & Alberto Zazzaro, 2009. "Competition and Relationship Lending: Friends or Foes?," Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers 13, Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences.
  2. Krzysztof Gajewski & Małgorzata Pawłowska & Wojciech Rogowski, 2013. "Relacje firm z bankami w Polsce. Wyniki empiryczne na podstawie danych panelowych," Collegium of Economic Analysis Annals, Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Economic Analysis, issue 30, pages 89-105.
  3. Giulio Bottazzi & Marco Grazzi & Angelo Secchi & Federico Tamagni, 2007. "Assessing the Impact of Credit Ratings and Economic Performance on Firm Default," LEM Papers Series 2007/15, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  4. Gajewski, Krzysztof & Pawłowska, Małgorzata & Rogowski, Wojciech, 2012. "Relacje firm z bankami w Polsce w świetle danych ze sprawozdawczości bankowej
    [Bank-firm relationships in Poland in the light of data from bank reporting]
    ," MPRA Paper 42544, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 29 Oct 2012.
  5. Neuberger, Doris & Räthke, Solvig, 2006. "Microenterprises and multiple bank relationships: Evidence from a survey among professionals," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 61, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.
  6. Djedidi-Kooli, Salima, 2009. "L’accès au financement des PME en France : quel rôle joué par la structure du système bancaire ?," Economics Thesis from University Paris Dauphine, Paris Dauphine University, number 123456789/8354 edited by Etner, François.
  7. Giulio Bottazzi & Marco Grazzi & Angelo Secchi & Federico Tamagni, 2011. "Financial and Economic Determinants of Firm Default," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00642699, HAL.
  8. Annie bellier & Wafa Sayeh & Stéphanie Serve, 2012. "What lies behind credit rationing? A survey of the literature," THEMA Working Papers 2012-39, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
  9. Doris Neuberger & Solvig Räthke, 2009. "Microenterprises and multiple bank relationships: The case of professionals," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 207-229, February.
  10. Valentina Meliciani & Stefania Cosci, 2005. "Multiple banking Relationships and Over-Leverage in Italian Manufacturing Firms," Money Macro and Finance (MMF) Research Group Conference 2005 87, Money Macro and Finance Research Group.
  11. Tlili, Rim, 2012. "Comment justifier la multibancarité au sein des PME ?," Economics Thesis from University Paris Dauphine, Paris Dauphine University, number 123456789/10919 edited by Etner, François.
  12. Brick, Ivan E. & Palia, Darius, 2007. "Evidence of jointness in the terms of relationship lending," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 452-476, July.
  13. Doris Neuberger & Maurice Pedergnana & Solvig Räthke-Döppner, 2008. "Concentration of Banking Relationships in Switzerland: The Result of Firm Structure or Banking Market Structure?," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, vol. 33(2), pages 101-126, April.

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