Loan Prospecting and the Loss of Soft Information
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Previously circulated as "Do Loan Officers' Incentives Lead to Lax Lending Standards?" We are grateful to Tobias Berg, Harrison Hong, Naveen Khanna, Jose Liberti, Evgeny Lyandres, Mitchell Petersen, Rich Rosen, Kasper Roszbach, Antoinette Schoar, Amit Seru, René Stulz, Greg Udell, and Luigi Zingales for helpful comments. We wish to thank seminar participants at the University of California at Berkeley, FIRS 2012, The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, the School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, the National University of Singapore, the NBER Behavioral Economics meeting, the NBER Risk of Financial Institutions meeting, the SIFR Conference on Real Estate and Mortgage Finance (Stockholm), the Indiana University, the University of Maryland, Tel-Aviv University Finance Conference, Dartmouth University, the University of Florida, the Wharton School of Business, New York University, Cornell University, CEPR EBC Conference, the Western Finance Association Meetings, the American Finance Association Meetings, the ABFER Conference in Singapore, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for comments. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.