Winning Connections? Special Interests and the Sale of Failed Banks
48 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2018
Date Written: November 2017
We study how lobbying affects the resolution of failed banks, using a sample of FDIC auctions between 2007 and 2014. We show that bidding banks that lobby regulators have a higher probability of winning an auction. In addition, the FDIC incurs higher costs in such auctions, amounting to 16.4 percent of the total resolution losses. We also find that lobbying winners have worse operating and stock market performance than their non-lobbying counterparts, suggesting that lobbying results in a less efficient allocation of failed banks. Our results provide new insights into the bank resolution process and the role of special interests.
Keywords: Western Hemisphere, United States, Bank resolution, Financial crisis, Rent seeking, Failed banks, Lobbying, Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior, Studies of Particular Policy Episodes, Government Policy and Regulation
JEL Classification: D72, E65, G18, G21
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