Equity Short Selling and the Bank Loan Market

Po Hsin Ho, Chih Yung Lin, Tse Chun Lin

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Abstract

Using a difference-in-differences approach, we show that relaxation of short-sale constraints helps to filter out low-quality borrowers from the bank loan market. Treated firms that can still borrow from banks enjoy a lower loan spread, compared with control firms without this sorting mechanism. The results show that such treated borrowers have improved information asymmetry and credit risk, as well as better nonprice contract terms. Overall, equity short selling has a real effect on the bank loan market by weeding out poor-quality borrowers, resulting in a lower cost of private debt for remaining borrower firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-379
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Money, Credit and Banking
Volume54
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Reg SHO Pilot program
  • bank loan spread
  • information asymmetry
  • nonprice contract terms
  • short selling

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