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On the link between credit procyclicality and bank competition

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  • Vincent Bouvatier
  • Antonia López-Villavicencio
  • Valérie Mignon

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This paper investigates the relationship between bank competition and credit procyclicality for 17 OECD countries on the 1986-2009 period. We account for heterogeneity among countries in terms of bank competition through the use of a hierarchical clustering methodology. We then estimate panel VAR models for the identified sub-groups of economies to investigate whether credit procyclicality is more important when the degree of bank competition is high. Our findings show that while credit significantly responds to shocks to GDP, the degree of bank competition is not essential in assessing the procyclicality of credit for OECD countries.

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Paper provided by University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX in its series EconomiX Working Papers with number 2011-2.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2011-2

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Keywords: Credit cycle; economic cycle; bank competition; financial stability; panel VAR.;

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