Banking

Working Paper

Do Cultural Differences Between Contracting Parties Matter? Evidence from Syndicated Bank Loans

We investigate whether cultural differences between professional decision-makers affect financial contracts in a large dataset of international syndicated bank loans. We find that more culturally distant lead banks offer borrowers smaller loans...Read more

Mariassunta Giannetti
Yishay Yafeh
01 September 2008

Financial Integration and Firm Performance: Evidence from Foreign Bank Entry in Emerging Markets

While the positive growth effects of financial integration are extensively documented, little is known of its impact on small and young firms. This paper aims to fill this void relying on a panel of 60,000 firm-year observations on listed and...Read more

Mariassunta Giannetti
01 July 2005

Financial Liberalization and Banking Crises: The Role of Capital Inflows and Lack of Transparency

This paper shows that the liberalization of capital inflows may undermine bank stability in emerging markets. After financial liberalization, uninformed international investors rationally provide large amounts of funds at low cost. This enables...Read more

Mariassunta Giannetti
01 December 2005

Hedge Funds, Insiders, and the Decoupling of Economic and Voting Ownership: Empty Voting and Hidden (Morphable) Ownership

Most U.S. public companies have a single class of voting common shares: voting power is proportional to economic ownership. Linking votes to shares is often thought to be desirable, because, as residual claimants, shareholders have an incentive...Read more

Bernard Black
01 March 2006

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