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Sorry, We're Closed: Loan Conditions When Bank Branches Close and Firms Transfer to Another Bank

Steven Ongena
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G21 - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Mortgages
L11 - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
L14 - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation; Networks
We study loan conditions when bank branches close and firms subsequently transfer to a branch of another bank in the vicinity. Such transfer loans allow us for the first time to observe the conditions granted when banks pool-price new applicants. Consistent with recent theoretical work on hold up in bank-firm relationships we find that transfer loans do not receive the discount in loan rates that prevails when firms otherwise switch banks. We hereby critically augment recent empirical evidence on dynamic cycles in loan rates.
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