Relationship Lending During a Trust Crisis on the Interbank Market: A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed
9 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 25, 2019
We exploit uncertainty regarding banks' involvement in money laundering activities as a natural experiment to study the functioning of the interbank market in uncertain times. We show that bank couples with a stronger relationship (i.e., more frequent and reciprocal interactions before the event) are more likely to continue lending to one another, and at lower interest rates. This is in line with a "helping hand" or "flight to friends" hypothesis during crisis.
Keywords: banks, interbank market, trust crisis, relationship banking, helping-hand hypothesis
JEL Classification: G21
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