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Information sharing and information acquisition in credit markets

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  • Artashes Karapetyan
  • Bogdan Stacescu

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Since information asymmetries have been identified as an important source of bank profits, it may seem that the establishment of information sharing will lead to lower investment in acquiring information. However, banks base their decisions on both hard and soft information, and it is only the former type of data that can be communicated credibly. We show that when hard information is shared, banks will invest more in soft, relationship-specific information. These will lead to more accurate lending decisions, favor small, informationally opaque borrowers, and increase welfare. Since relationship banking focuses on the usage of soft information, the model implies that investment in relationship banking will increase. We test our theory using a large sample of firm-level data from 24 countries.

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  • Artashes Karapetyan & Bogdan Stacescu, 2009. "Information sharing and information acquisition in credit markets," IEW - Working Papers 454, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
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    1. Gietzen, Thomas, 2016. "The Impact of Credit Information Sharing on Interest Rates," Working Papers on Finance 1612, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.
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    Keywords

    Bank competition; information sharing; relationship banking; hard information; soft information;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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