Governance and bank characteristics in the credit and sovereign debt crises – the impact of CEO power

Sabur Mollah, Eva Liljeblom

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Abstract

The global financial sector recently suffered from two interrelated crises: the credit crisis and the sovereign debt crisis. A common question is whether the recent experience with the credit crisis has helped in dealing with the sovereign debt crisis. We study more specifically whether banks with powerful CEOs perform better or worse than other banks, and if there is any difference in this relationship between the two crises. Using unique hand-collected data for 378 large global banks, we find that CEO power has a significant positive relation to bank profitability and asset quality, but also to insolvency risk, during the sovereign debt crisis. Thus, strong CEOs do not appear to be detrimental to bank performance. Our results also support the idea that deposit insurance may have contributed to the credit crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of financial stability
Volume27
Issue numberDecember
Pages (from-to)59-73
Number of pages15
ISSN1572-3089
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24.09.2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • bank crises
  • CEO power
  • bank performance
  • Global large banks
  • The credit and sovereign debt crises

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