Bank Default Risk Propagation along Supply Chains: Evidence from the U.K.

Spatareanu, Mariana and Manole, Vlad and Kabiri, Ali and Roland, Isabelle (2022) Bank Default Risk Propagation along Supply Chains: Evidence from the U.K. International Review of Economics and Finance. ISSN 1059-0560 (In Press)

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How does banks’ default risk affect the probability of default of non-financial business-es? The literature has focused on the banks’ direct corporate customers. It fails to con-sider the role of supply chain relationships as a powerful channel for default risk conta-gion. Our paper fills this gap by analyzing the direct as well as the indirect impact of banks’ default risk on firms’ default risk in the U.K. Relying on Input-Output tables, we devise methods that enable us to examine this question in the absence of data on firm-to-firm linkages. To capture all potential propagation channels, we account for horizontal and vertical linkages, both between the firm and upstream industries (suppliers) and between the firm and downstream industries (customers). We further examine how trade credit and input specificity amplify or dampen the propagation of default risk. Our results show that increases in banks’ default risk from the banking crisis of 2007-2008 propagated strongly to U.K. non-financial firms via supply chains.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted for publication November 10, 2022 JEL classification: G21, G34, O16, O30
Uncontrolled Keywords: default risk ; propagation of banking crises ; supply chains
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
Depositing User: Ali Kabiri
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2022 11:21
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2022 11:21

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