Bank Consolidation And New Business Formation
Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
As the trend of bank consolidation activities continues to grow in the U.S. and globally, the debate on the impact of such consolidation on small business credits and activities are still inconclusive. Building on the existing research (Berger, Saunders, Scalise and Udell, 1998; Black and Strahan, 2002), this paper investigates the effects of the actual intensity of bank consolidation on the formation of new businesses in the U.S. local markets. Evidence portrays that in the short-run, the overall intensity of bank consolidation is negatively related to the rate of new business formation, and this negative relationship is primarily driven by consolidations initiated by large acquirers.