The Cleansing Effect of Banking Crises

61 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2020 Last revised: 9 Nov 2021

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Reint Gropp

Halle Institute for Economic Research

Steven Ongena

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance; Swiss Finance Institute; KU Leuven; NTNU Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Jörg Rocholl

ESMT European School of Management and Technology; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Vahid Saadi

IE Business School, IE University

Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

We assess the cleansing effects of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. U.S. regions with higher levels of supervisory forbearance on distressed banks see less restructuring in the real sector: fewer establishments, firms, and jobs are lost when more distressed banks remain in business. In these regions, the banking sector has been less healthy for several years after the crisis. Regions with less forbearance experience higher productivity growth after the crisis with more firm entries, job creation, and employment, wages, patents, and output growth. Forbearance is greater for state-chartered banks and in regions with weaker banking competition and more independent banks.

Keywords: banking crises, cleansing effect, Productivity Growth, supervisory forbearance

JEL Classification: G01, G21, G28, O43

Suggested Citation

Gropp, Reint and Ongena, Steven R. G. and Rocholl, Joerg and Saadi, Vahid, The Cleansing Effect of Banking Crises (July 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15025, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3650140

Reint Gropp (Contact Author)

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Steven R. G. Ongena

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

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Swiss Finance Institute

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Joerg Rocholl

ESMT European School of Management and Technology ( email )

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Vahid Saadi

IE Business School, IE University

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Madrid, Madrid 28006
Spain

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