Mediating Financial Intermediation
53 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2021 Last revised: 19 Oct 2021
Date Written: April 8, 2021
This paper studies the resolution of disputes between firms and their lenders through external mediators, who suggest a non-legally binding solution to resolve a disagreement after communicating with all parties. We exploit an administrative database on firms’ outcomes matched to the French credit registry and plausible exogenous variation in eligibility to public mediators across counties for identification. Credit, employment and investment increase following the mediation, causing an overall reduction in firms’ liquidation of 34.6 percentage points. All the effects are driven by firms that borrow from more than one financial institution, supporting the view that mediators solve coordination problems between lenders.
Keywords: mediation, coordination of creditors, asymmetric information, judge instrument
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