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Did the bank capital relief induced by the Supporting Factor enhance SME lending?

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  • Mayordomo, Sergio
  • Rodríguez-Moreno, María

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The introduction of the SME Supporting Factor (SF) allows banks to reduce capital requirements for credit risk on exposures to SME. This means that banks can free up capital resources that can be redeployed in the form of new loans. Our study documents that the SF alleviates credit rationing for medium-sized firms that are eligible for the application of the SF but not for micro/small firms. These results suggest that European banks were aware of this policy measure and optimized both their regulatory capital and their credit exposures by granting loans to the medium-sized firms, which are safer than micro/small firms.

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  • Mayordomo, Sergio & Rodríguez-Moreno, María, 2018. "Did the bank capital relief induced by the Supporting Factor enhance SME lending?," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 45-57.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinin:v:36:y:2018:i:c:p:45-57
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jfi.2018.05.002
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    Keywords

    SME; Credit access; Supporting Factor; Bank lending;

    JEL classification:

    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • 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

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