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  • Asea, Patrick K.
  • Blomberg, Brock

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We investigate the lending behavior of banks by exploiting a rich oanel dataset on the contract terms of approximately two million commercial and industrial loans granted by 580 banks between 1977-1993. Using a Markov switching panel model we demonstrate that banks change their lending standards - from tightness to laxity - systematically over the cycle. We then use an efficient minimum chi-square estimator.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 83 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1-2 ()
Pages: 89-128

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