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DEPOSITOR DISCIPLINE DURING CRISIS: FLIGHT TO FAMILIARITY OR TRUST IN LOCAL AUTHORITIES?

Koen Schoors (), Maria Semenova and Andrey Zubanov
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Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium from Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Abstract: We analyze whether bank familiarity affects depositor behavior during financial crisis. Familiarity is measured by regional or local cues in the bank’s name. Depositor behavior is measured by the depositor’s sensitivity to observable bank risk (market discipline). Using 2001-2010 bank-level and region-level data for Russia, we find that depositors of familiar banks become less sensitive to bank risk after a financial crisis relative to depositors of unfamiliar banks. To validate that our results stem from a flight to familiarity during crisis and not from implicit guarantees from regional governments, we interact the variables of interest with measures of regional affinity and trust in local governments. The flight to familiarity effect is strongly confirmed in regions with strong regional affinity, while the effect is absent in regions with more trust in regional and local governments, lending support to the thesis that our results are driven a flight to familiarity rather than implicit guarantees.

Keywords: Market discipline; Bank; Personal deposit; Region; Russia; Flight to familiarity; Trust; Implicit guaranty; Regional authorities. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 G01 P2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cba, nep-cis, nep-tra and nep-ure
Date: 2019-02
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