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Are bank lending shocks important for economic fluctuations?

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  • Jørn Inge Halvorsen

    (Norges Bank and Norwegian School of Management (BI))

  • Dag Henning Jacobsen

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    (Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway))

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We analyze the importance of bank lending shocks on real activity in Norway and the UK, using structural VARs and based on quarterly data for the past 21 years. The VARs are identified using a combination of sign and short-term zero restrictions, allowing for simultaneous interaction between various variables. We find that a negative bank lending shock causes output to contract. The significance of bank lending shocks seems evident as they explain a substantial share of output gap variability. This suggests that the banking sector is an important source of shocks. The empirical analysis comprises the Norwegian banking crisis (1988-1993) and the recent period of banking failures and recession in the UK. The results are clearly non-negligible also when omitting periods of systemic banking distress from the sample.

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Paper provided by Norges Bank in its series Working Paper with number 2009/27.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Handle: RePEc:bno:worpap:2009_27

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Keywords: Identification; VAR; Monetary Policy; Bank lending.;

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Cited by:
  1. Houssa Romain & Jolan Mohimont & Chris Otrok, 2013. "Credit Shocks and Macroeconomic Fluctuations in Emerging Markets," CESifo Working Paper Series 4281, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Bálint Tamási & Balázs Világi, 2011. "Identification of credit supply shocks in a Bayesian SVAR model of the Hungarian economy," MNB Working Papers 2011/7, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (the central bank of Hungary).
  3. Milcheva, Stanimira, 2013. "A bank lending channel or a credit supply shock?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 314-332.

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