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How Corruption Affects Bank Lending in Russia

Posted: 12 Mar 2012  

Laurent Weill

University of Strasbourg - LaRGE Research Center (Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie)

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Date Written: March 12, 2012

Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of corruption on bank lending in Russia. This issue is of major interest in order to understand the causes of financial underdevelopment and the effects of corruption in Russia. We use regional measures of corruption and bank-level data to perform this investigation. Our main estimations show that corruption hampers bank lending in Russia. We investigate whether this negative role of corruption is influenced by the degree of bank risk aversion, but find no effect. The detrimental effect of corruption is only observed for loans to households and firms, in opposition to loans to government. Additional controls confirm the detrimental impact of corruption on bank lending. Therefore, our results provide motivations to fight corruption to favor bank lending in Russia.

Keywords: Corruption, Bank, Russia, Financial development, Economic transition

JEL Classification: G20, K4, P2

Suggested Citation

Weill, Laurent, How Corruption Affects Bank Lending in Russia (March 12, 2012). Economic Systems, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2020276

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