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Fear, Anger and Credit. On Bank Robberies and Loan Conditions

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  • Paola Morales Acevedo
  • Steven Ongena

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We study the impact of emotions on real-world decisions made by loan officers by analyzing the loan conditions of loans granted immediately after a bank branch robbery. We find significant differences in conditions of the loans granted after a robbery compared to changes in loan conditions that occur contemporaneously at unaffected branches. In general loan officers seem to adopt so-called avoidance behaviour. In accordance with the literature on posttraumatic stress their avoidance behavior is halved within two weeks after the robbery and the effect further varies depending on the presence of a firearm during the robbery.

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  • Paola Morales Acevedo & Steven Ongena, 2016. "Fear, Anger and Credit. On Bank Robberies and Loan Conditions," BAFFI CAREFIN Working Papers 1513, BAFFI CAREFIN, Centre for Applied Research on International Markets Banking Finance and Regulation, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy.
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    Keywords

    behavioural finance; bank robberies; transactional versus relationship lending;
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    JEL classification:

    • G02 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Behavioral Finance: Underlying Principles
    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services

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