Who Wins and Who Loses From Bank Geographic Deregulation? Analysis of Financially Constrained and Unconstrained Firms

55 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2018 Last revised: 6 Mar 2019

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Allen N. Berger

University of South Carolina - Darla Moore School of Business; Wharton Financial Institutions Center; European Banking Center

Ruiyuan (Ryan) Chen

West Virginia University

Sadok El Ghoul

University of Alberta - Campus Saint-Jean

Omrane Guedhami

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business

Date Written: March 5, 2019

Abstract

A key issue in the finance-growth nexus literature is endogeneity – economic growth may drive finance as well as finance driving growth. Some research addresses this issue using relatively exogenous bank geographic deregulation by U.S. states, usually finding that deregulation has favorable economic effects. We explore a channel behind this connection, namely, how deregulation influences economic growth, by examining the link between deregulation and individual firm growth. Our evidence suggests that deregulation is associated with greater access to external financing to fund firm growth for relatively financially unconstrained firms, but financially constrained firms suffer reduced access, raising significant policy concerns.

Keywords: Bank Deregulation, Economic Growth, Financial Constraints, Large Firms, Small Firms

JEL Classification: G28, G32, D92

Suggested Citation

Berger, Allen N. and Chen, Ruiyuan and El Ghoul, Sadok and Guedhami, Omrane, Who Wins and Who Loses From Bank Geographic Deregulation? Analysis of Financially Constrained and Unconstrained Firms (March 5, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3185751 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3185751

Allen N. Berger

University of South Carolina - Darla Moore School of Business ( email )

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Ruiyuan Chen

West Virginia University ( email )

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Sadok El Ghoul (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Campus Saint-Jean ( email )

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Canada
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780-465-8760 (Fax)

Omrane Guedhami

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business ( email )

Columbia, SC
United States

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