The Time Has Come for Banks to Say Goodbye: New Evidence on Bank Roles and Duration Effects in Relationship Terminations
52 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2016 Last revised: 1 Feb 2021
Date Written: March 13, 2020
Examining a loan-level matched sample of Japanese banks and firms, we study the factors determining the termination of bank-firm relationships. We find that such terminations are mainly driven by bank factors, and that these bank-driven terminations increase when the banks' capital conditions become worse. Furthermore, a longer duration relationship decreased the probability of termination substantially when the Japanese banking system was stable, but the duration effects weakened when the system became fragile.
Keywords: matched lender-borrower data, bank-firm relationship, capital crunch, evergreening, flight to quality, duration effect, long-term contract
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G28
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