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Banks and Output Fluctuations

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  • Carol Scotese Lehr

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    (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

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This paper presents evidence that disturbances originating in the banking sector can generate business cycles. The banking shocks are measured as innovations to the banking sector’s conversion of deposits into loans: a measure of intermediation efficiency. Positive banking efficiency shocks generate a significant positive impact on short-run output growth rates and a negative impact on a version of the spread between short and long term interest rates. The results are robust with respect to alternative calculations of the banking efficiency measure, to identification using short versus long-run restrictions and to other reasonable variations in the identification scheme.

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Paper provided by VCU School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0101.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: May 2001
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Handle: RePEc:vcu:wpaper:0101

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