Working Papers

Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper (2020)

We explore which explanations for the reduction of bank branches are supported by the data. While technology is associated with de-branching of banks across countries, economic factors like growth or bank fragility and consolidation of banks are more robustly linked to de-branching in US counties and on the branch level in the US.

Main Publications

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (2020) [WP] [BibTeX] [Slides]

Changes in banking regulation have unintended and undocumented effects on the market for corporate credit. Bank branching deregulation following the Riegle-Neal Interstate Branching and Banking Efficiency Act of 1994 decreased syndicated loan issuance but spurred bilateral lending to corporations. This shift is also reflected in interest rate spreads, pointing to a supply-driven substitution effect. Results suggest that changes to banking regulation can affect not just the amount but also type of credit in the economy.

Industrial and Corporate Change (2019) [WP] [BibTeX] [Data] [Slides]

There is no evidence that concentration has any type of positive effect on long-run profitability differences - testing linear relations, interactions with critical concentration levels and with mobility barriers. Introducing business segments data in this analysis, a new IV and a novel natural experiment I obtain results that point into the opposite direction, towards statistically and economically significant negative causal effects.

Journal of Corporate Finance (2017) [WP] [BibTeX] [Data]

Using Compustat to measure industry concentration is problematic. Popular Herfindahl Index approximations have vanishingly low correlations with the more comprehensive Census metric. As a result, major variables of interest in corporate finance correlate markedly different with these indicators. I show that this can lead to a breakdown of regression results.