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Equator principles and bank liquidity

Naiwei Chen, Hsiu-Hsi Huang and Chia-He Lin

International Review of Economics & Finance, 2018, vol. 55, issue C, 185-202

Abstract: This study examines whether and how Equator Principles (EP) adoption has bearings on the liquidity of banks that engaged in project finance from 2003 to 2010. Results reveal that EP Financial Institutions (EPFIs) generally have higher liquidity than non-EPFIs and such a finding remains valid after controlling other variables. Moreover, bank regulations positively affect bank liquidity and such a positive effect is stronger for EP Financial Institutions (EPFIs) than for non-EPFIs. Results suggest that EPFIs hold more liquidity buffers likely because of the higher risks and costs that accompany the adoption of EP as well as more effective bank regulations for EPFIs as opposed to non-EPFIs. In addition, banks that plan to adopt EP in the future should increase their liquidity holdings after adopting EP. Furthermore, authorities concerned should encourage non-EPFIs to adopt EP or other eco-friendly measures so that bank regulations can increase liquidity more effectively.

Keywords: Equator principles; Liquidity; Project finance; Corporate social responsibility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F30 G20 G30 M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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