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Social aspirations in European banks: peer-influenced risk behavior

Štefan Lyócsa (), Tomáš Výrost () and Eduard Baumohl ()

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Abstract: We test a sample of 3,586 banks from 33 European countries to determine whether performances above or below a social aspiration level (median performance of peer banks) influence banks’ aggregate risk levels. Our results are consistent with the behavioral theory of the firm and prospect theory in that we find that bank performance below a bank’s social aspiration level is followed by increased aggregate risk, i.e., risk-taking behavior in the subsequent year. Although under-performing banks tend to be risk-takers, large banks and banks with high aggregate risk levels tend to limit the increase in their aggregate risk levels.

Keywords: social aspiration; European banks; performance; risk behavior; prospect theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 G2 G41 L22 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-rmg, nep-upt and nep-ure
Date: 2018
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