Borrower Opacity and Loan Performance : Evidence from China

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Journal / PublicationJournal of Financial Services Research
Issue number2
Online published19 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


We use survey data from the China Banking Regulatory Commission to construct a proxy for a firm’s opacity to examine its causes and influences. Our opacity proxy is positively associated with the distance between firms and banks, the geographic dispersion of business groups, and the size of the intra-group guarantee. Firms with higher opacity have a higher default probability particularly given a poor credit history or membership in a business group with low quality credit. Our evidence, which is robust to different model specifications, confirms that the borrower’s opacity can reduce the efficiency of bank monitoring. Our study indicates that loan officers have a good idea of the borrower’s opacity, and their professional opinions effectively reflect this perception.

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  • Default, Information opacity, Loan officers’ opinions, Monitoring

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