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Loan growth and bank risk: new evidence

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  • Juan Amador

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  • José Gómez-González

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  • Andrés Pabón

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This study provides new evidence on the relationship between abnormal loan growth and banks’ risk-taking behavior using data from a rich panel of Colombian financial institutions. We show that abnormal credit growth during a prolonged period leads to an increase in banks’ riskiness, accompanied by a reduction in solvency and an increase in the ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans. We also show that abnormal credit growth played a fundamental role in the bank-failure process during the late 1990s financial crisis in Colombia. Our results have important implications for financial regulation and macro-prudential policy. Copyright Swiss Society for Financial Market Research 2013

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  • Juan Amador & José Gómez-González & Andrés Pabón, 2013. "Loan growth and bank risk: new evidence," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer;Swiss Society for Financial Market Research, vol. 27(4), pages 365-379, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:fmktpm:v:27:y:2013:i:4:p:365-379
    DOI: 10.1007/s11408-013-0217-6
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    Keywords

    Abnormal loan growth; Hazard duration models; FGLS estimation; Emerging market economies; G20; G21;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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