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Identifying relationship lending in the interbank market: A network approach

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  • Teruyoshi Kobayashi
  • Taro Takaguchi

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Relationship lending is broadly interpreted as a strong partnership between a lender and a borrower. Nevertheless, we still lack consensus regarding how to quantify the strength of a lending relationship, while simple statistics such as the frequency and volume of loans have been used as proxies in previous studies. Here, we propose statistical tests to identify relationship lending as a significant tie between banks. Application of the proposed method to the Italian interbank networks reveals that the fraction of relationship lending among all bilateral trades has been quite stable and that the relationship lenders tend to impose high interest rates at the time of financial distress.

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  • Teruyoshi Kobayashi & Taro Takaguchi, 2017. "Identifying relationship lending in the interbank market: A network approach," Papers 1708.08594, arXiv.org, revised Apr 2018.
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    1. Teruyoshi Kobayashi & Anna Sapienza & Emilio Ferrara, 2018. "Extracting the multi-timescale activity patterns of online financial markets," Papers 1802.07405, arXiv.org, revised Apr 2018.

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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