Mediating Financial Intermediation
57 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2021 Last revised: 24 May 2022
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. Participating in a mediation reduces firms' liquidation by 34.6 percentage points and leads to higher credit, employment and investment. All the effects are driven by firms that borrow from more than one bank, supporting the view that mediators solve coordination problems between lenders.
Keywords: mediation, coordination frictions, asymmetric information
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