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“Time for a Change”: Loan conditions and bank behavior when firms switch banks


Ioannidou, Vasso; Ongena, Steven (2010). “Time for a Change”: Loan conditions and bank behavior when firms switch banks. Journal of Finance, 65(5):1847-1877.

Abstract

This paper studies loan conditions when firms switch banks. Recent theoretical work on bank–firm relationships motivates our matching models. The dynamic cycle of the loan rate that we uncover is as follows: a loan granted by a new (outside) bank carries a loan rate that is significantly lower than the rates on comparable new loans from the firm's current (inside) banks. The new bank initially decreases the loan rate further but eventually ratchets it up sharply. Other loan conditions follow a similar economically relevant pattern. This bank strategy is consistent with the existence of hold-up costs in bank–firm relationships.

Abstract

This paper studies loan conditions when firms switch banks. Recent theoretical work on bank–firm relationships motivates our matching models. The dynamic cycle of the loan rate that we uncover is as follows: a loan granted by a new (outside) bank carries a loan rate that is significantly lower than the rates on comparable new loans from the firm's current (inside) banks. The new bank initially decreases the loan rate further but eventually ratchets it up sharply. Other loan conditions follow a similar economically relevant pattern. This bank strategy is consistent with the existence of hold-up costs in bank–firm relationships.

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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 > Accounting
Social Sciences & Humanities > Finance
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:1 October 2010
Deposited On:10 Mar 2014 13:41
Last Modified:24 Jan 2022 03:39
Publisher:The American Finance Association / Blackwell
ISSN:0022-1082
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6261.2010.01596.x
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9206
  • Content: Accepted Version