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The Impact of Firm-Specific Characteristics on the Response to Monetary Policy Actions

  • Cihan Yalcin
  • Spiros Bougheas
  • Paul Mizen

This paper examines the impact of monetary policy on firms' access to bank and market finance when allowance is made for differences in firm-specific characteristics. A theoretical model determines the cut-off values for project profitability that would allow firms to access bank or market finance. This model predicts that specific characteristics in terms of size, age, risk and debt can make a firm more vulnerable to tightening credit when interest rates increase. Empirically, the paper shows, using a panel of 16,000 UK firm records over 10 years, that firms distributed according to their type (asset size, rating etc) do have differing access to bank lending and market finance. Small, young and risky firms are more significantly affected by tight monetary conditions than large, old and secure firms. The evidence is consistent with a credit channel, and demonstrates that there are distributional implications from tightening monetary policy.

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Article provided by Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey in its journal Central Bank Review.

Volume (Year): 4 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-30

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Handle: RePEc:tcb:cebare:v:4:y:2004:i:1:p:1-30
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