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How Law Affects Lending


Rainer F. H. Haselmann


University of Bonn

Katharina Pistor


Columbia University School of Law

Vikrant Vig


London Business School

August 2008

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 285

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The paper explores how legal change affects lending behavior of banks in twelve transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe. In contrast to previous studies, we use bank level rather than aggregate data, which allows us to control for country level heterogeneity and analyze the effect of legal change on different types of lenders. Using a differences-in-differences methodology to analyze the within country variation of changes in creditor rights protection, we find that the credit supplied by banks increases subsequent to legal change. Further, we show that collateral law matters more for credit market development than bankruptcy law. We also show that entrants respond more strongly to legal change than incumbents. In particular, foreign-owned banks extend their lending volume substantially more than do domestic banks, be they private or state owned. The same holds when we use foreign greenfield banks as proxies for new entrants. These results are robust after controlling for a wide variety of possibilities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: Law, Finance, Bankruptcy, Secured Lending, Banks

JEL Classification: F34, F37, G21, G28, G33, K39

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Date posted: November 13, 2005 ; Last revised: September 2, 2008

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Haselmann, Rainer F. H. and Pistor, Katharina and Vig, Vikrant, How Law Affects Lending (August 2008). Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 285. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=846665 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.846665

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Rainer F. H. Haselmann
University of Bonn ( email )
Germany
Katharina Pistor
Columbia University School of Law ( email )
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States
212-854-0068 (Phone)
212-854-7946 (Fax)
Vikrant Vig (Contact Author)
London Business School ( email )
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Regent's Park
London, London NW1 4SA
United Kingdom
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