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Mortgage†backed Securitization and SME Lending During the Financial and Economic Crisis: Evidence from the Italian Cooperative Banking System

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I investigate the determinants of the securitization activities of Italian cooperative banks during the financial and economic crisis (2007–2014) and the impact of securitization on the supply of loans to SMEs. The less deposit†funded, less profitable and less capitalized cooperative banks are, the more likely they are to securitize and the more likely it is that they will securitize to a larger extent. Furthermore, I find that securitization has not directly affected the supply of new SME loans. However, there is strong evidence of a risk†rebalancing effect of securitization on the balance sheet, especially in the period 2010–2014.

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  • Davide Castellani, 2018. "Mortgage†backed Securitization and SME Lending During the Financial and Economic Crisis: Evidence from the Italian Cooperative Banking System," Economic Notes, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, vol. 47(1), pages 187-222, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecnote:v:47:y:2018:i:1:p:187-222
    DOI: 10.1111/ecno.12096
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