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Macroeconomic Determinants of Bank Spread in Brazil: An Empirical Evaluation

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  • Guilherme Jonas Costa da Silva

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  • José Luís Oreiro

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    (Department of Economics, Universidade Federal do Paraná)

  • Luiz Fernando de Paula

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    (Department of Economics, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro)

Abstract

Despite a decline in interest rates since mid-1999, bank spread in Brazil continues extremely high in international terms and in recent years has stood at around 40%. This paper analyses the determinants of bank spread in Brazil, seeking particularly to analyse the macroeconomic determinants of spread in recent times. It uses a VAR model to identify the macroeconomic variables that may directly or indirectly have been influencing spread in Brazil over the period 1994-2005. It presents evidence that interest rate levels and, to a lesser degree, the inflation rate are the main macroeconomic determinants of high bank spread in Brazil.

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Paper provided by Universidade Federal do Paraná, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0066.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:fup:wpaper:0066

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Keywords: Bank Spread; VAR models; Brazilian banking sector;

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  1. Jorgensen, Ole Hagen & Apostolou, Apostolos, 2013. "Brazil's bank spread in international context : from macro to micro drivers," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6611, The World Bank.
  2. Tatum Blaise Pua Tan, 2012. "Determinants of Credit Growth and Interest Margins in the Philippines and Asia," IMF Working Papers 12/123, International Monetary Fund.

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