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Creditor Passivity: The Effects of Bank Competition and Institutions on the Strategic Use of Bankruptcy Filings

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  • Christa Hainz

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Why do banks remain passive? In a model of bank-firm relationship we study the trade-off a bank faces when having defaulting firms declared bankrupt. First, the bank receives a payoff if a firm is liquidated. Second, it provides information about a firm’s type to its competitors. Thereby, asymmetric information between banks is reduced and bank competition intensifies. We find that the better the institutions and the more competitive the banking sector, the higher the bank’s incentive to bankrupt defaulting firms. This makes information between banks less asymmetric and thus leads to lower interest rates and less credit rationing.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2179.

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Keywords: creditor passivity; bank competition; information sharing; institutions; bankruptcy; relationship banking;

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  1. Christa Hainz, 2011. "Measuring Information Sharing in Credit Markets," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 9(1), pages 21-27, 05.

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