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Risk perception and the financial system

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  • Lynnette D Purda

    (Queen's School of Business, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

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I examine how a country's financial system influences assessments of firm-level risk. Consistent with theories of financial intermediation, I find that firms located in a country with a bank-oriented financial system are perceived as posing a lower credit risk and correspondingly are assigned higher credit ratings than otherwise similar firms in a market-oriented setting. Even after considering elements of a country's legal infrastructure that relate to creditor protection and insolvency proceedings, the financial system remains an important determinant of credit-rating assignment. The results are robust to the inclusion of several firm-level controls, including financial performance, industry, ownership concentration, political connections, and the ease with which the firm's assets can be monitored. Journal of International Business Studies (2008) 39, 1178–1196. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400411

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  • Lynnette D Purda, 2008. "Risk perception and the financial system," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 39(7), pages 1178-1196, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:39:y:2008:i:7:p:1178-1196
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    5. Kanagaretnam, Kiridaran & Lim, Chee Yeow & Lobo, Gerald J., 2014. "Effects of international institutional factors on earnings quality of banks," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 87-106.
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