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Consolidation in banking and the lending channel of monetary transmission: Evidence from Asia and Latin America

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  • Olivero, María Pía
  • Li, Yuan
  • Jeon, Bang Nam

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This paper examines the relationship between increased consolidation in banking and monetary policy transmission in eighteen Asian and Latin American economies, using bank-level data from 1996 to 2006. Our results provide consistent evidence that as concentration in banking increases, the bank lending channel is weakened, leading the monetary policy transmission mechanism to be less effective. We also investigate how this relationship between concentration and the strength of the lending channel depends on bank-specific characteristics. Using bank-level balance sheet and income statement data allows us, first, to better identify the effects of banking consolidation on the supply-side bank lending channel from those of the demand-side interest rate channel, and second, to test for any systematic differences in the impact of consolidation on monetary policy transmission across banks of different size and financial strength. We also discuss potential explanations for and policy implications of the main findings of this paper.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2011)
Issue (Month): 6 (October)
Pages: 1034-1054

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:30:y:2011:i:6:p:1034-1054

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Keywords: Banking consolidation Bank lending channel Monetary policy transmission;

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  1. Joe Peek & Eric S. Rosengren, 2013. "The role of banks in the transmission of monetary policy," Public Policy Discussion Paper 13-5, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
  2. Jeon, Bang Nam & Olivero, María Pía & Wu, Ji, 2011. "Do foreign banks increase competition? Evidence from emerging Asian and Latin American banking markets," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 856-875, April.
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  4. Perera, Anil & Ralston, Deborah & Wickramanayake, J., 2014. "Impact of off-balance sheet banking on the bank lending channel of monetary transmission: Evidence from South Asia," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 195-216.
  5. Fungácová, Zuzana & Solanko, Laura & Weill, Laurent, 2013. "Does bank competition influence the lending channel in the euro area?," BOFIT Discussion Papers 17/2013, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.

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