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Honesty in Regional Cooperative Banks

Kai-Oliver Maurer ()
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Kai-Oliver Maurer: Fulda University of Applied Sciences, 36037 Fulda, Germany

Credit and Capital Markets, 2019, vol. 52, issue 3, 423-444

Abstract: Corporate scandals are not a phenomenon that is unique to the banking industry. However, the examples of misconduct of individual bank employees or even of entire banks that popped up in recent years have promoted the interest in business culture and business ethics in the banking industry. Honesty is one important cultural and ethical dimension. Based on their results of a survey in a large, international bank Cohn et al. (2014a), for example, conclude that the banking industry’s business culture favours dishonest behaviour of employees. The present paper applies the design of Cohn et al. (2014a) to a small sample of regional cooperative banks in Germany in order to verify their outcome. The results of Cohn et al. (2014a) cannot be confirmed. There is no evi- dence of more dishonesty among employees of the banks in the sample relative to a control group. Business culture in the banking industry differs between banks or group of banks, a fact that needs to be considered e. g. by legislators.

JEL-codes: C12 M14 G21 G41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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