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Is there a Holdup Benefit in Heterogeneous Multiple Bank Financing?

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This paper studies the effects that heterogeneous multiple bank financing has on a firm's risk and information policy when the firm tries to maximize credit renegotiation efficiency. We find that a significant, yet limited, degree of relationship lending enables firms with high asset specificity to credibly signal their desire to abstain from strategic default. This allows the firm's policy to eliminate the risk of inefficient liquidation even for bleak cash-flow expectations. This holdup benefit comes at a cost, though: firms with low asset specificity cannot always eliminate the risk of coordination failure by their banks.

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  • Christina E. Bannier, 2010. "Is there a Holdup Benefit in Heterogeneous Multiple Bank Financing?," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 166(4), pages 641-661, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(201012)166:4_641:itahbi_2.0.tx_2-d
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    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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