Relationship Lending, Accounting Disclosure,and Credit Availability during the Asian Financial Crisis
byWenying Jiangli*Haluk Unal**Chiwon Yom*September 2006FDIC Center for Financial Research Working paper
We examine whether lending relationships benefit firms by making credit more availableduring periods of financial stress. Our main finding is that during the Asian financial crisis of July 1997 through the end of1998, relationship lending increased the likelihood that Korean andThai firms would obtain credit but it had no effect on Indonesian and Philippine firms. We ask if accounting disclosure might explain the observed differences among the three countries for which audit information is available. We find that for Indonesian firms with weak lendingrelationships, banks replace relationship lending technology with a financial-statement lendingtechnology. Such a result does not hold for Korean and Philippine firms.
: relationship lending, accounting disclosure, credit availability
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