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Liquidity, Pledgeability, and the Nature of Lending

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  • Douglas W. Diamond
  • Yunzhi Hu
  • Raghuram G. Rajan

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We develop a theory of how corporate lending and financial intermediation change based on the fundamentals of the firm and its environment. We focus on the interaction between the prospective net worth or liquidity of an industry and the firm’s internal governance or pledgeability. Variations in prospective liquidity can induce changes in the nature, covenants, and quantity of loans that are made, the identity of the lender, and the extent to which the lender is leveraged. We offer predictions on how these might vary over the financial cycle.

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  • Douglas W. Diamond & Yunzhi Hu & Raghuram G. Rajan, 2021. "Liquidity, Pledgeability, and the Nature of Lending," NBER Working Papers 28377, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
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