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Cultural Proximity and Loan Outcomes

Raymond Fisman, Daniel Paravisini () and Vikrant Vig

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Abstract: Evidence is presented to show that shared codes, religious beliefs, ethnicity - cultural proximity - between lenders and borrowers improves the efficiency of credit allocation. In-group preferential treatment is identified using dyadic data on the religion and caste of bank officers and borrowers from a bank in India, and a rotation policy that induces exogenous matching between officers and borrowers. Cultural proximity increases lending on both intensive and extensive margins and improves repayment performance, even after the in-group officer is replaced by an out-group one. Further, cultural proximity increases loan dispersion and reduces loan to collateral ratios. [BREAD Working Paper No. 345]. URL:[]

Keywords: India; Caste; Religion; Lending discrimination; finance; religious beliefs; ethnicity; cultural proximity; lenders; borrowers; bank; credit allocation; financial constraints; loan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-07
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