Are Bank Loans Still 'Special' (Especially During a Crisis)? Empirical Evidence from a European Country

33 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2012

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Christophe J. Godlewski

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

Date Written: February 24, 2012

Abstract

We investigate bank loans’ specialness with a particular focus on the recent boom and bust cycle. We perform an empirical analysis using event study methodology on a sample of 253 large loan announcements for French borrowers between January 2000 and December 2009. We find a significant and negative reaction to bank loan announcements which is mostly driven by loan provided during the crisis period. We also document significant changes in bank behavior over the boom and bust cycle, with important contractual and organizational modifications reflecting a potential “wake-up call” of banks during the crisis.

Keywords: Bank loans, boom and bust, crisis, event study, Europe

JEL Classification: G14, G20

Suggested Citation

Godlewski, Christophe J., Are Bank Loans Still 'Special' (Especially During a Crisis)? Empirical Evidence from a European Country (February 24, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2010788 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2010788

Christophe J. Godlewski (Contact Author)

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