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Bank Lending, Bank Capital Regulation and Efficiency of Corporate Foreign Investment

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  • Dietrich, Diemo
  • Hauck, Achim

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In this paper we study interdependencies between corporate foreign investment and the capital structure of banks. By committing to invest predominantly at home, firms can reduce the credit default risk of their lending banks. Therefore, banks can refinance loans to a larger extent through deposits thereby reducing firms' effective financing costs. Firms thus have an incentive to allocate resources inefficiently as they then save on financing costs. We argue that imposing minimum capital adequacy for banks can eliminate this incentive by putting a lower bound on financing costs. However, the Basel II framework is shown to miss this potential.

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  • Dietrich, Diemo & Hauck, Achim, 2007. "Bank Lending, Bank Capital Regulation and Efficiency of Corporate Foreign Investment," IWH Discussion Papers 4/2007, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:iwhdps:iwh-4-07
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    1. Ralf Bebenroth & Diemo Dietrich & Uwe Vollmer, 2009. "Bank regulation and supervision in bank-dominated financial systems: a comparison between Japan and Germany," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 27(2), pages 177-209, April.

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    Keywords

    financial contracting; multinational corporations; internal capital markets;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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