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Credit Markets with Ethical Banks and Motivated Borrowers

  • Barigozzi, Francesca

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    (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

  • Tedeschi, Piero

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    (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

This paper investigates banks’ corporate social responsibility. Two different competitive credit markets do exist: one for standard projects and one for ethical ones. Ethical projects have also a social profitability, but a lower (positive) expected revenue with respect to standard ones. Ethical projects are financed by ethical banks and undertaken by motivated borrowers. These borrowers obtain additional benefit (a social responsibility premium) from accomplishing ethical projects when trading with ethical banks. If the expected profitability of ethical project is sufficiently close to that of standard ones and/or the social responsibility premium of motivated borrowers is sufficiently high, the market for ethical projects is active and the credit market is fully segmented. This result holds true irrespective of the information structure: only moral hazard on the borrower side, moral hazard and screening on the borrower side, moral hazard on the borrower side and screening on the lender side. The optimal contract in our set-up is always a debt contract. However, its precise form and welfare properties depend on the information structure.

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Paper provided by Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit in its series AICCON Working Papers with number 99-2012.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 16 Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ris:aiccon:2012_099
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