Multiple-Bank Lending, Creditor Rights and Information Sharing

48 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2009 Last revised: 18 Feb 2009

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Alberto Bennardo

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Marco Pagano

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics; Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Salvatore Piccolo

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

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Date Written: February 16, 2009

Abstract

When a customer can borrow from several competing banks, multiple lending raises default risk. If creditor rights are poorly protected, this contractual externality can generate novel equilibria with strategic default and rationing, in addition to equilibria with excessive lending or non-competitive rates. Information sharing among banks about clients' past indebtedness lowers interest and default rates, improves access to credit (unless the value of collateral is very uncertain) and may act as a substitute for creditor rights protection. If information sharing also allows banks to monitor their clients' subsequent indebtedness, the credit market may achieve full efficiency.

Keywords: information sharing, multiple-bank lending, creditor rights, seniority, non-exclusivity

JEL Classification: D73, K21, K42, L51

Suggested Citation

Bennardo, Alberto and Pagano, Marco and Piccolo, Salvatore, Multiple-Bank Lending, Creditor Rights and Information Sharing (February 16, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1341357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1341357

Alberto Bennardo

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) ( email )

84084 Fisciano, Salerno
Italy

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics ( email )

Box 951477
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1477
United States

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Marco Pagano

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Napoli, 80126
Italy
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Italy

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

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Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Salvatore Piccolo (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

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Via Necchi 9
Milan, MI 20123
Italy

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