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Soft Related Lending: A Tale of Two Korean Banks

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  • John P. Bonin

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    (Economics Deapartment, Wesleyan University)

  • Masami Imai

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    (Economics and East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University)

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    In this paper, we present indirect evidence that the IMF’s insistence on foreign control of two large nationwide Korean banks in exchange for short-term support during the 1997 financial crisis helped restrain soft related lending practices. News signaling the likely sale of a bank to a foreign financial institution yields an average daily decrease of about 2% in the stock price of related borrowers. News indicating difficulty in finding an interested foreign investor generates an increase in the stock price of related borrowers of about the same magnitude. These signals have larger impacts on less-profitable, less-liquid, and more bank-dependent firms.

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    Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2005-011.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2005
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    Publication status: Forthcoming in the Journal of Banking and Finance
    Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2005-011

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    Keywords: Related Lending; Korean Banks; Privatization; Globalization;

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    1. Honohan, P. & Beck, T.H.L., 2007. "Making finance work for Africa," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-3125420, Tilburg University.

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