Munich Personal RePEc Archive

Does Credit Reporting Lead to a Decline in Relationship Lending? Evidence from Information Sharing Technology

Sutherland, Andrew (2018): Does Credit Reporting Lead to a Decline in Relationship Lending? Evidence from Information Sharing Technology. Published in: Journal of Accounting and Economics , Vol. 1, No. 66 (2018): pp. 123-141.

[img] PDF
MPRA_paper_93670.pdf

Download (589kB)

Abstract

I examine how credit reporting affects where firms access credit and how lenders contract with them. I use within firm-time and lender-time tests that exploit lenders joining a credit bureau and sharing information in a staggered pattern. I find information sharing reduces relationship-switching costs, particularly for firms that are young, small, or have had no defaults. After sharing, lenders transition away from relationship contracting, in two ways: contract maturities in new relationships are shorter, and lenders are less willing to provide financing to their delinquent borrowers. My results highlight the mixed effects of transparency-improving financial technologies on credit availability.

UB_LMU-Logo
MPRA is a RePEc service hosted by
the Munich University Library in Germany.