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Authority, Information, And Credit Terms: Evidence From Small Business Lending

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  • Andrea Bellucci

    (Universita' degli Studi dell'Insubria and Mo.Fi.R.)

  • Alexander Borisov

    (Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati and MoFiR)

  • Alberto Zazzaro

    (University of Naples Federico II, CSEF and MoFiR)

Abstract

This paper studies the interplay between allocation of decision-making authority and information production within a bank in the context of small business lending. Using a sample of credit lines to small businesses and changes in the overlap between decision-making authority and information production following an organizational restructuring of the bank, we show that an increase in the authority of the information-producing loan officer leads to a reduction in the use of collateral but leaves interest rates broadly unchanged. The reduction of collateral requirements is more pronounced when loan officers have tacit local knowledge or soft information or when their real authority is limited pre-restructuring. Our results highlight the effect of alignment of information production and decision-making authority on the contract terms of bank credit.

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  • Andrea Bellucci & Alexander Borisov & Alberto Zazzaro, 2023. "Authority, Information, And Credit Terms: Evidence From Small Business Lending," Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers 184, Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences.
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    Keywords

    Soft and hard information; Collateral; Interest rate; Organizational hierarchies; SMEs financing;
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    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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