The Capital Crunch: Neither A Borrower Nor A Lender Be
AbstractThe dramatic reduction in the growth rate of bank lending associated with the 1990-91 recession, particularly in New England that has evoked claims by many observers of a credit crunch. However because of the difficulty in determining whether the observed slow credit growth is a demand or supply for economic activity remains elusive. We overcome this obstacle by examining a cross section of banks in New England that have experienced the same economic downturn, effectively controlling for changes in demand. We find empirical support for a capital crunch, where by poorly capitalized institutions shrink to satisfy capital requirements.
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- Peek, Joe & Rosengren, Eric, 1995. "The Capital Crunch: Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 27(3), pages 625-38, August.
- Joe Peek & Eric Rosengren, 1991. "The capital crunch: neither a borrower nor a lender be," Working Papers 91-4, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
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