Market Structure in Banking and Debt-Financed Project Risks

Center for Economic Studies Working Paper at University of Munich, Number 124

Posted: 11 Mar 1997

See all articles by Erkki Koskela

Erkki Koskela

University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Bank of Finland - Research Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rune Stenbacka

Hanken School of Economics

Date Written: December 1996

Abstract

We study the relationship between market structure and risk-taking in lending markets. Introduction of loan market competition will reduce lending rates and increase credit market fragility regardless of whether borrowers have access to investment projects displaying first-order or second-order stochastic dominance. We establish how fragility becomes a matter of increasing concern as we shift from a mean-increasing investment technology to one displaying a mean-preserving property. Our analysis identifies a systematic relationship between the agency costs of debt in the sense of distorted investment decisions and the character of the investment technology.

JEL Classification: G21, G33, G34

Suggested Citation

Koskela, Erkki and Stenbacka, Rune, Market Structure in Banking and Debt-Financed Project Risks (December 1996). Center for Economic Studies Working Paper at University of Munich, Number 124. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=8171

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