The impact of criminality on the riskiness of cooperative credit banks in Italy: a macroregional approach

Massimo Arnone

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Abstract

In Italy, Credit Cooperative Banks (CCBs), unlike large banks, despite the economic downturn, have continued to extend credit to customers, but at the cost of a higher incidence of bad credit. This increased credit risk of local banks has been caused by management policy choices, such as preferring to modify the conditions applicable to credit supply and to engage firms in long-term credit relationships rather than initiating credit recovery procedures. The originality of this empirical analysis is due to the demonstration of the effects of environmental factors related to the spread of crime and lower economic well-being, higher unemployment rate and poverty of families on the credit market in Southern Italy. This correlation between the riskiness of credit for CCBc and socioeconomic variables has also been reported through the analysis of territorial differences between geographical areas. This analysis highlights a broader diffusion in this macro-region than in the North and the Centre. Finally, a Pooled OLS approach is provided for modelling the credit risk as a function of environmental factors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCASMEF LUISS WORKING PAPER SERIE
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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