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Is there a financial accelerator in US banking?: Evidence from the cyclicality of banks' price-cost margins

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  • Aliaga-Díaz, Roger
  • Olivero, María Pía

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We show that price-cost margins for US banks are consistently countercyclical, even after controlling for credit risk, the term structure of interest rates and monetary policy. This evidence supports the existence of a "financial accelerator" in US banking.

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  • Aliaga-Díaz, Roger & Olivero, María Pía, 2010. "Is there a financial accelerator in US banking?: Evidence from the cyclicality of banks' price-cost margins," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 108(2), pages 167-171, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:2:p:167-171
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