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Keep walking? Geographical proximity, religion, and relationship banking


Beck, Thorsten; Ongena, Steven; Sendeniz-Yüncü, Ilkay (2019). Keep walking? Geographical proximity, religion, and relationship banking. Journal of Corporate Finance, 55:49-68.

Abstract

We investigate the geographical proximity of firms to their relationship banks. We find that Islamic banks are more remote to their borrowers. We also find that the probability for a firm to connect to a bank substantially decreases in distance, but that the choice along bank characteristics determines how potent distance is in its impact. If the bank in the vicinity is an Islamic bank, distance plays a more muted role, especially in cities with a high conservative party vote and higher trust in religious institutions. Overall, these findings suggest that the presence of banks with certain characteristics in the vicinity may determine the within-firm and across-firm configurations of observable firm-bank connections.

Abstract

We investigate the geographical proximity of firms to their relationship banks. We find that Islamic banks are more remote to their borrowers. We also find that the probability for a firm to connect to a bank substantially decreases in distance, but that the choice along bank characteristics determines how potent distance is in its impact. If the bank in the vicinity is an Islamic bank, distance plays a more muted role, especially in cities with a high conservative party vote and higher trust in religious institutions. Overall, these findings suggest that the presence of banks with certain characteristics in the vicinity may determine the within-firm and across-firm configurations of observable firm-bank connections.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Finance
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Language:English
Date:1 April 2019
Deposited On:30 Oct 2019 10:03
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:32
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0929-1199
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2018.07.005
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:16633

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