When arm’s length is too far. Relationship banking over the business cycle

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Title: When arm’s length is too far. Relationship banking over the business cycle
Author: Beck, Thorsten ; Degryse, Hans ; De Haas, Ralph ; van Horen, Neeltje
Organization: Bank of Finland
Department / Unit: Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT)
Series: BOFIT Discussion Papers
Series number: 14/2014
Year of publication: 2014
Publication date: 7.7.2014
Pages: 42
Subject (yso): rahoitus; suhdannevaihtelut
Keywords: Bofit-kokoelma; luotonanto; luotot; suhdanteet; pankkitoiminta; yritykset; rahoitus
JEL: F36; G21; L26; O12; O16
Abstract: Using a novel way to identify relationship and transaction banks, we study how banks’ lending techniques affect funding to SMEs over the business cycle. For 21 countries we link the lending techniques that banks use in the direct vicinity of firms to these firms’ credit constraints at two contrasting points of the business cycle. We show that relationship lending alleviates credit constraints during a cyclical downturn but not during a boom period. The positive impact of relationship lending in an economic downturn is strongest for smaller and more opaque firms and in regions where the downturn is more severe.
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