Tracing Out Capital Flows: How Financially Integrated Banks Respond to Natural Disasters

44 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2014 Last revised: 17 Oct 2015

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Kristle Romero Cortés

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance

Philip E. Strahan

Boston College - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 13, 2015

Abstract

Multi-market banks reallocate capital when local credit demand increases after natural disasters. Using property damage as an instrument for lending growth, we find credit in unaffected but connected markets declines by a little less than 50 cents per dollar of additional lending in shocked areas. However, banks shield their core markets because most of the decline comes from loans in areas where banks do not own branches. Moreover, banks increase sales of more-liquid loans and they bid up the prices of deposits in the connected markets. These actions help lessen the impact of the demand shock on credit supply.

Keywords: Financial Integration, Branch Banking, Securitization

JEL Classification: G20, G21

Suggested Citation

Cortés, Kristle Romero and Strahan, Philip E., Tracing Out Capital Flows: How Financially Integrated Banks Respond to Natural Disasters (October 13, 2015). Finance Down Under 2015 Building on the Best from the Cellars of Finance Paper, FRB of Cleveland Working Paper No. 14-12r, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2495004 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2495004

Kristle Romero Cortés (Contact Author)

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Philip E. Strahan

Boston College - Department of Finance ( email )

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