Big Broad Banks: How Does Cross-Selling Affect Lending?

60 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2021 Last revised: 3 Nov 2021

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Yingjie Qi

Copenhagen Business School

Date Written: April 20, 2021


This paper provides evidence that banks make lending decisions based on the borrower’s overall profitability to the bank. Specifically, I show that non-loan profit affects relationship lending using both internal data of a large bank and the Swedish credit registry. I disentangle this profit channel from the well-known information channel, and document that non-loan profit increases 1) credit supply and 2) lenience in delinquency. For identification, I exploit Basel II-induced exogenous variation in products' profitability and find that the average affected firms experienced a decrease of 6.1% ($400,000) in credit supply and 24% (9.9 pp) in lenience in delinquency.

Keywords: relationship banking, cross-selling, credit allocation, debt renegotiation

JEL Classification: G01, G21, G28

Suggested Citation

Qi, Yingjie, Big Broad Banks: How Does Cross-Selling Affect Lending? (April 20, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Yingjie Qi (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

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Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000

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