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Banking sector output measurement in the euro area - a modified approach

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  • Colangelo, Antonio
  • Inklaar, Robert

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Banks do not charge explicit fees for many of the services they provide but the service payment is bundled with the offered interest rates. This output therefore has to be imputed using estimates of the opportunity cost of funds. We argue that rather than using the single short-term, low-risk interest rate as in current official statistics, reference rates should more closely match the risk characteristics of loans and deposits. For the euro area, imputed bank output is, on average, 24 to 40 percent lower than according to current methodology. This implies an average downward adjustment of euro area GDP (at current prices) between 0.16 and 0.27 percent. JEL Classification: E01, E44, O47

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Paper provided by European Central Bank in its series Working Paper Series with number 1204.

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Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20101204

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Keywords: Bank output; deposit interest rates; FISIM; loan interest rates; risk;

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  1. Michiel van Leuvensteijn & Jacob A. Bikker & Adrian van Rixtel & Christoffer Kok-Sørensen, 2007. "A new approach to measuring competition in the loan markets of the euro area," Banco de Espa�a Working Papers 0736, Banco de Espa�a.
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