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Bank globalization and the balance sheet channel of monetary transmission

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  • Sami Alpanda

    (Amherst College)

  • Uluc Aysun

    (University of Connecticut)

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The literature typically finds that the development of financial markets has decreased the ability of central banks to affect the real economy. This paper shows that this negative relationship does not hold for the balance sheet channel of monetary transmission and bank globalization -- one aspect of financial development. The reason is that global banks are more sensitive to borrowers' leverage. By affecting this leverage, monetary policy has a larger impact on global banks' lending and aggregate economic activity. We use bank-level, Call Report data to obtain this disparity between more and less global banks. We then use this data in the estimation of a general equilibrium model and find that the balance sheet channel of monetary policy operates mainly through more global banks.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2010-20.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2010-20

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Keywords: balance sheet channel; bank globalization; financial accelerator;

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