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The Impact of Competition on Bank Orientation and Specialization

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  • Degryse, H.A.
  • Ongena, S.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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How do banks react to increased interbank competition?Recent banking theory offers conflicting predictions about the impact of competition on bank orientation í L H WKH choice of relationship based versus transactional banking í DQG EDQN LQGXVWU\ specialization.We empirically investigate the impact of interbank competition on bank branch orientation and specialization.We employ a unique data set containing detailed information on bank-firm relationships and industry classification.We find that bank branches facing stiff local competition engage relatively more in relationship-based lending but specialize somewhat less in a particular industry.Our results illustrate that competition and relationships are not necessarily inimical.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2003-108.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2003108

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Keywords: competition; banks; bank lending;

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  1. von Thadden, Ernst-Ludwig, 2004. "Asymmetric information, bank lending and implicit contracts: the winner's curse," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 1(1), pages 11-23, March.
  2. Dell'Ariccia, Giovanni & Marquez, Robert, 2004. "Information and bank credit allocation," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 185-214, April.
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  1. Tassel, Eric Van, 2006. "Relationship lending under asymmetric information: A case of blocked entry," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 24(5), pages 915-929, September.
  2. Ergungor, O. Emre, 2005. "The profitability of bank-borrower relationships," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 14(4), pages 485-512, October.

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