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Did Good Cajas Extend Bad Loans? The Role of Governance and Human Capital in Cajas' Portfolio Decisions

Vicente Cuñat (London School of Economics) and Luis Garicano (London School of Economics, FEDEA)

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.

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30/10/09
11:30-12:30
Did Good Cajas Extend Bad Loans? The Role of Governance and Human Capital in Cajas' Portfolio Decisions
Vicente Cuñat (London School of Economics) and Luis Garicano (London School of Economics, Fedea)
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