Veranstaltung
26
Nov 2018

13:45 - 15:15
IWH Research Seminar

"Inspect what you expect to get respect?" Can bank supervision kill zombie lending?

A bank in poor financial shape may have incentives to maintain a lending relationship with a "zombie" firm in order to avoid or delay the recognition of credit losses.

Who
Speaker: Geraldo Cerqueiro  (Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics)
Where
IWH, conference room
Speaker: Geraldo Cerqueiro

Personal details

Geraldo Cerqueiro is an Assistant Professor in Finance at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. His research interests include financial institutions and credit markets, with a particular emphasis on small businesses and start-ups.

A bank in poor financial shape may have incentives to maintain a lending relationship with a "zombie" firm in order to avoid or delay the recognition of credit losses. In spite of growing regulatory pressure, there is evidence that "zombie lending" remains widespread in developed countries. We exploit information on a unique series of special on-site inspections of bank credit portfolios in Portugal to investigate how such inspections affect banks’ future lending decisions. We find that following an inspection a bank becomes 3 to 6 percentage points less likely to refinance a firm with negative equity. Our findings suggest that banks change their lending decisions in response to the threat of future inspections, and thus internalize the costs associated with such inspections.

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