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Do credit commitments compromise credit quality?

Laivi Laidroo and Kadri Männasoo

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 41, issue C, 303-317

Abstract: This paper focuses on banks’ risk-taking arising from potentially excessive growth of loans and off-balance sheet credit commitments. Credit quality is investigated both in macro and micro context, using a panel of 28 European countries over 2004–2014 and a panel of 478 European banks over 2004–2013. The dynamic panel data estimation results confirm that an increase in the ratio of credit commitments to total assets is a two year ahead warning indicator of growth in the ratio of non-performing loans and loan loss reserves. Simultaneous equation estimation exemplifies that the adverse effect of credit commitments on credit quality stems from the credit boom-bust context. As the economic impact of credit commitments to credit quality is significant compared to that of traditional credit quality determinants (real GDP growth and real growth in loans), the consideration of a credit commitments measure may improve timely recognition of credit risk accumulation episodes.

Keywords: Banks; Risk-taking; Credit quality; Credit growth; Credit commitments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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