Agency Cost of Debt and Lending Market Competition: Is There a Relationship?

24 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2001

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Erkki Koskela

University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Bank of Finland - Research Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rune Stenbacka

Hanken School of Economics

Date Written: March 2000

Abstract

We address the question of how lending market competition, measured by the bargaining power of banks, affects the agency costs of debt finance. It is shown that intensified lending market competition will lead to lower lending rates and investment return distributions which are shifted towards lower, but less risky returns. Consequently, it follows that increased lending market competition will reduce the agency cost of debt financing. Hence, our analysis does not lend support to the commonly held view that there would be a trade-off between more intensive lending market competition and higher agency costs of debt finance.

Keywords: Bank competition, agency cost of debt

JEL Classification: G21, G34, L11

Suggested Citation

Koskela, Erkki and Stenbacka, Rune, Agency Cost of Debt and Lending Market Competition: Is There a Relationship? (March 2000). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 274. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=263940

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