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Bank lending in uncertain times

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  • Piergiorgio Alessandri

    (Bank of Italy)

  • Margherita Bottero

    (Bank of Italy)

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We study the impact of economic uncertainty on the supply of bank credit using a monthly dataset that includes all loan applications submitted by a sample of 650,000 Italian firms between 2003 and 2012. We find that an increase in aggregate uncertainty has three effects. First, it reduces banks' likelihood to accept new credit applications. Second, it lengthens the time firms have to wait for their loans to be released. Third, it makes banks less responsive to fluctuations in short-term interest rates, weakening the bank lending channel of monetary policy. The influence of uncertainty is relatively stronger for poorly capitalized lenders and geographically distant borrowers.

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  • Piergiorgio Alessandri & Margherita Bottero, 2017. "Bank lending in uncertain times," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1109, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    uncertainty; credit supply; bank lending channel; loan applications;
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    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General

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