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The Importance of Bank Seniority for Relationship Lending

  • Longhofer, Stanley D.
  • Santos, Joao A. C.

The authors examine two aspects of a bank's interaction with its borrowers--the relative priority of bank debt and the role of banks as "relationship lenders." They show that making the bank senior improves its incentives to build a relationship with the firm, thereby fulfilling an important function of intermediated debt.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Volume (Year): 9 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 57-89

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