Bank Lending Networks, Experience, Reputation, and Borrowing Costs

38 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2011

See all articles by Christophe J. Godlewski

Christophe J. Godlewski

University of Strasbourg - Faculty of Law and Business; EM Strasbourg Business School; LaRGE Research Center

Bulat Sanditov

Maastricht University

Thierry Burger-Helmchen

University of Strasbourg - Faculty of Economics and Management; University of Strasbourg - Bureau of Economic Theory and Application (BETA)

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Date Written: November 16, 2010

Abstract

We investigate the network structure of syndicated lending markets and evaluate the impact of lenders’ network centrality, considered as measures of their experience and reputation, on borrowing costs. We show that the market for syndicated loans is a “small world” characterized by large local density and short social distances between lenders. Such a network structure allows for better information and resources flows between banks thus enhancing their social capital. We then show that lenders’ experience and reputation play a significant role in reducing loan spreads and thus increasing borrower’s wealth.

Keywords: Agency costs, bank syndicate, experience, loan syndication, reputation, small world, social network analysis

JEL Classification: G21, G24, L14

Suggested Citation

Godlewski, Christophe J. and Sanditov, Bulat and Burger-Helmchen, Thierry, Bank Lending Networks, Experience, Reputation, and Borrowing Costs (November 16, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1788265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1788265

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Thierry Burger-Helmchen

University of Strasbourg - Faculty of Economics and Management ( email )

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University of Strasbourg - Bureau of Economic Theory and Application (BETA) ( email )

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