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Inter-market competition and bank loan spreads: Evidence from the securities offering reform

Matthew T. Gustafson

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2018, vol. 94, issue C, 107-117

Abstract: I provide evidence of a new mechanism by which access to public securities mitigates the bank hold-up problem and reduces loan spreads – it increases a borrower's bargaining power vis-à-vis a lender by offering a bank loan substitute. Difference-in-differences results indicate that loan spreads decline following legislation that makes public securities more attractive, but only when public securities represent a credible substitute for the bank loan (i.e., for term loans taken out by credit rated borrowers). Spreads on revolving lines of credit, which are more complementary with public securities, increase.

Keywords: Bank loans; Bank competition; Lender information monopoly; Lender rents; The securities offering reform (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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