Do Bank Insiders Impede Equity Issuances?

33 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

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Martin Goetz

Goethe University Frankfurt

Luc Laeven

European Central Bank (ECB); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ross Levine

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: June 2020

Abstract

We evaluate the role of insider ownership in shaping banks’ equity issuances in response to the global financial crisis. We construct a unique dataset on the ownership structure of U.S. banks and their equity issuances and discover that greater insider ownership leads to less equity issuances. Several tests are consistent with the view that bank insiders are reluctant to reduce their private benefits of control by diluting their ownership through equity issuances. Given the connection between bank equity and lending, the results stress that ownership structure can shape the resilience of banks—and hence the entire economy—to aggregate shocks.

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Suggested Citation

Goetz, Martin and Laeven, Luc A. and Levine, Ross Eric, Do Bank Insiders Impede Equity Issuances? (June 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w27442, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3637743

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