Banks' Equity Stakes and Lending: Evidence from a Tax Reform

44 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2018

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Bastian von Beschwitz

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Daniel Foos

Deutsche Bundesbank

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Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Several papers find a positive association between a bank's equity stake in a borrowing firm and lending to that firm. While such a positive cross-sectional correlation may be due to equity stakes benefiting lending, it may also be driven by endogeneity. To distinguish the two, we study a German tax reform that permitted banks to sell their equity stakes tax-free. After the reform, many banks sold their equity stakes, but did not reduce lending to the firms. Thus, our findings question whether prior evidence can be interpreted causally and suggest that banks' equity stakes may be less important for lending than previously thought.

Keywords: Relationship banking, Ownership, Monitoring

JEL Classification: G21, G32

Suggested Citation

von Beschwitz, Bastian and Foos, Daniel, Banks' Equity Stakes and Lending: Evidence from a Tax Reform (2018). Deutsche Bundesbank Discussion Paper No. 06/2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3167790

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Germany

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