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Targeted monetary policy and bank lending behavior

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  • Benetton, Matteo
  • Fantino, Davide

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We exploit an allocation rule set by the ECB for the first series of TLTROs to study the effects of targeted monetary policy on banks’ credit supply to firms. Combining transaction-level data from the Italian credit register and an instrumental variable identification strategy, we find that targeted longer-term central bank liquidity decreased rates and increased loan amounts, also avoiding some unintended consequences of untargeted measures, such as carry-trade strategies and risk shifting. We show that the outward shift in banks’ credit supply was heterogeneous, taking place only in more competitive banking markets, with stronger effects for smaller and safer firms.

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  • Benetton, Matteo & Fantino, Davide, 2021. "Targeted monetary policy and bank lending behavior," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 142(1), pages 404-429.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinec:v:142:y:2021:i:1:p:404-429
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2021.05.002
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    Unconventional monetary policy; Bank competition; Pass-through; Central bank liquidity; Small businesses;
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    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design

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