Lending Quality and Contracts Enforcement Reforms

44 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2021

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Vincenzo D'Apice

Center for Relationship Banking and Economics

Franco Fiordelisi

University of Essex - Essex Business School; University of Rome III, Italy

Giovanni Walter Puopolo

CSEF - University of Naples Federico II; CSEF - University of Naples Federico II - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF)

Date Written: February 15, 2021

Abstract

We investigate the causal relationship between the efficiency of country’s judicial system and the quality of bank lending, using the contracts enforcement reforms that have been implemented in four European countries as a quasi-natural experiment. We find that strengthening of contract enforcement determines large, significant, and persistent reductions of banks’ non-performing-loans (NPLs). Our results have important policy implications: they point at judicial efficiency as a key determinant of the stability of the banking sector and its resilience to negative shocks such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: Judicial Systems, Non-Performing Loans, Banking Stability

JEL Classification: G21, G28

Suggested Citation

D'Apice, Vincenzo and Fiordelisi, Franco and Puopolo, Giovanni Walter, Lending Quality and Contracts Enforcement Reforms (February 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3786050 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3786050

Vincenzo D'Apice (Contact Author)

Center for Relationship Banking and Economics ( email )

Franco Fiordelisi

University of Essex - Essex Business School ( email )

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University of Rome III, Italy ( email )

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Giovanni Walter Puopolo

CSEF - University of Naples Federico II ( email )

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CSEF - University of Naples Federico II - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) ( email )

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