Well-Connected Short-Sellers Pay Lower Loan Fees: A Market-Wide Analysis
75 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2015 Last revised: 19 Sep 2019
Date Written: June 7, 2016
High loan fees generate short-selling constraints and, therefore, reduce price efficiency. Despite the importance of loan fees, empirical evidence on their determinants is scarce. Using a market-wide deal-by-deal data set on the Brazilian equity lending market which uniquely identifies borrowers, brokers, and lenders, we are able to construct a proxy of search costs at the borrower-stock-day level. We find that - for the same stock, on the same day - borrowers with higher search costs pay significantly higher loan fees. Our results suggest that regulators should encourage the use of a centralized lending platform to reduce search costs in the lending market.
Keywords: loan fees, search-costs, lending market, short-selling restrictions
JEL Classification: G10, G12
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