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Did good cajas extend bad loans? The role of governance and human capital in Cajas' portfolio decisions

Cunat, Vicente and Garicano, Luis (2009) Did good cajas extend bad loans? The role of governance and human capital in Cajas' portfolio decisions. In: Fedea annual policy conference, 2009-10-30.

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The lending behavior in the run up to the crisis and current non performing loan situation of di°Ëerent Savings and Loans in Spain (Cajas) has varied widely. However, neither formal governance institutions (e.g. the way the board is appointed) nor real governance (e.g. the actual composition of the board and the role played by political parties in it) are highly correlated with the composition of the loan book at the peak of the financial crisis (the size of the portfolios of real estate and individual loans) or with the performance of these loans (the amount of non performing loans in the crisis or the decrease in ratings). On the other hand, we find a clear and significant impact of the human capital of the Caja chairmen on the measures of loan book composition and performance. In particular, we find that (1) Cajas whose chairman was previously a political appointee have had very significantly worse loan performance; (2) Cajas whose chairman did not have postgraduate education have significantly worse performance; and (3) Cajas whose chairman had no banking experience had significantly worse performance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Financial Markets Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 10:23
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2020 23:16

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