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Seminario di Steven Ongena

ore 12.30 Sala Seminari – I° piano, Palazzo Levi Cases, Via del Santo 33


 Seminario di Steven Ongena, University of Zurich

Sorry, We're Closed. Loan Conditions When Bank Branches Close and Firms Transfer to another Bank

We study loan conditions when bank branches close and firms subsequently transfer to a branch of another bank in the vicinity. Such transfer loans allow us for the first time to observe the conditions granted when banks pool-price new applicants. Consistent with recent theoretical work on hold up in bank-firm relationships we find that transfer loans do not receive the discount in loan rates that prevails when firms otherwise switch banks. We hereby critically augment recent the empirical evidence on firms changing banks and the then observed loan rates.