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Connected lending and concentrated control

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Banks’ controlling owners may exploit business relationships with other firms so as to tangibly or intangibly benefit themselves. This paper uses data from more than 2600 firms across 25 countries to study whether the control rights of the banks’ controlling owners are associated with whether firms need special connections with banks in order to obtain loans. I find that the control rights of the controlling owners increase the need for special connections. I also find that supervisory power raises the need for special connections and intensifies the adverse effect induced by concentrated control. No evidence is found that shareholder rights protection reduces the need for special connections, nor that bank officials become less corrupted as the control rights of the controlling owners increase. The results thus indicate that an increase in the control rights of the banks’ controlling owners only reduces the integrity of bank lending.

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  • Dheera-aumpon, Siwapong, 2013. "Connected lending and concentrated control," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 475-486.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finsta:v:9:y:2013:i:4:p:475-486
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jfs.2013.07.005
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    1. Dheera-aumpon, Siwapong, 2016. "Bank ownership and connected lending," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 274-286.
    2. Svatopluk Kapounek, 2017. "The Impact of Institutional Quality on Bank Lending Activity: Evidence from Bayesian Model Averaging," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 67(5), pages 372-395, October.
    3. Siwapong Dheera-aumpon, 2017. "Collectivism and Connected Lending," PIER Discussion Papers 57, Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, revised Apr 2017.

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    Keywords

    Firm financing; Financial institutions; Bank governance;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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