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Quiet Life No More? Corporate Bankruptcy and Bank Competition

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 March 2018


Pursuing delinquent borrowers requires considerable effort, and creditors may lack the incentive to exert this costly effort in uncompetitive banking sectors. To examine this, we use a uniquely large data set of public and private corporate bankruptcy filings spanning a banking-sector reform that deregulated bank entry across different regions of India. We find that increased banking competition is associated with more firms seeking a stay on assets, a decline in bankruptcy duration, and a shift toward workouts rather than liquidations. The results are consistent with creditors exerting greater effort to pursue delinquent firms and resolve bankruptcies more quickly when competition increases.

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Copyright © Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington 2018 

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We are very grateful to Warren Bailey (the referee), whose suggestions have greatly improved the paper, and we thank Paul Malatesta (the editor) for his guidance. We also thank Franklin Allen, Meghana Ayyagari, Richard Rosen, Irina Stefanescu, Greg Udell, Vijay Yerramilli, and Zhipeng Zhang for valuable comments. We also thank participants of the 2010 Financial Intermediation Research Society Annual Conference, the 2010 Centre for Analytical Finance at the Indian School of Business (CAF-ISB) Summer Research Conference in Finance (Hyderabad), and the 2010 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Corporate Finance Symposium, and seminar participants at George Washington University, the University of North Carolina, Indiana University, and The University of Pennsylvania.


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