CEO risk-culture, bank stability and the case of the Silicon Valley Bank

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We examine the link between CEO risk-culture and bank stability. Using textual analysis, we construct novel bank CEO risk-culture indicators by analysing Earning Calls transcripts (EC) of 160 US Bank Holding Companies (BHC) for the period between 2002 and 2023. We illustrate and discuss our findings using the case of the recently collapsed Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). We observe a weaker emphasis on governance by SVB in comparison to the benchmark sample. We also show an alignment between CEO risk-culture of SVB and other banks’ CEOs with the highest uninsured deposits, including the later collapsed First Republic Bank. Finally, our regression analysis shows that negative metrics of the CEO risk-culture decrease bank stability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111373
Number of pages6
JournalEconomics Letters
Early online date7 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

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