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Bank culture

Fenghua Song and Anjan V. Thakor

Journal of Financial Intermediation, 2019, vol. 39, issue C, 59-79

Abstract: We develop a model in which bank culture improves upon outcomes attainable with incentive contracting. The bank designs a second-best incentive contract to induce the desired managerial effort allocation across growth and safety, but this induces excessive growth relative to the first best, a distortion exacerbated by interbank competition. Bank culture has two effects: it matches managers to banks with similar beliefs, and a safety-oriented culture reduces the competition-induced excessive growth focus. Culture is also contagious – a safety-oriented culture in some banks causes others to follow suit – this effect strengthens with higher bank capital and weakens with stronger safety nets.

Keywords: Bank culture; Growth; Safety; Competition; Bank capital; Safety nets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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