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Monetary policy and bank lending to small firms

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This paper presents an empirical test of the balance sheet channel of monetary policy. I take advantage of a panel data set containing nearly all domestic banks to search for an adjustment in lending patterns induced by changes in the stance of monetary policy. I find that in response to monetary policy tightening, banks decrease the proportion of credit extended to high-agency-cost “small” borrowers. Additionally, I provide evidence that this result is in fact driven by a balance sheet effect working on small borrowers rather than on small lenders.

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  • Kandrac, John, 2012. "Monetary policy and bank lending to small firms," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 741-748.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:34:y:2012:i:3:p:741-748
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2012.06.002
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    Keywords

    Credit channel; Balance sheet channel; Banking industry; Monetary policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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