The Impact of Incentives and Communication Costs on Information Production and Use: Evidence from Bank Lending
49 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2012 Last revised: 30 Jul 2015
Date Written: May 14, 2014
In 2002 and 2003, many Chinese banks implemented reforms that delegated authority to individual loan officers. The change followed China’s entrance into the WTO and offers a plausibly exogenous shock to loan officer incentives to produce information. We find that the bank’s internal risk rating becomes a stronger predictor of loan interest rates and ex post outcomes after reform. When the loan officer and the branch president who approves the loan work together longer, the rating also becomes more strongly related to loan prices and outcomes. Our results highlight how incentives and communication costs affect information use and production.
Keywords: Bank loan, interest rate, default, incentive, communication cost
JEL Classification: G2, L2, D8
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