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Soft Related Lending: A Tale of Two Korean Banks

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  • John P. Bonin

    (Economics Deapartment, Wesleyan University)

  • Masami Imai

    (Economics and East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University)

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In this paper, we present indirect evidence that the IMF’s insistence on foreign control of two large nationwide Korean banks in exchange for short-term support during the 1997 financial crisis helped restrain soft related lending practices. News signaling the likely sale of a bank to a foreign financial institution yields an average daily decrease of about 2% in the stock price of related borrowers. News indicating difficulty in finding an interested foreign investor generates an increase in the stock price of related borrowers of about the same magnitude. These signals have larger impacts on less-profitable, less-liquid, and more bank-dependent firms.

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  • John P. Bonin & Masami Imai, 2005. "Soft Related Lending: A Tale of Two Korean Banks," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2005-011, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2005-011
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    Keywords

    Related Lending; Korean Banks; Privatization; Globalization;
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    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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