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Fynancial Systems and the Role of Banks in Monetary Policy Transmission in the Euro area

  • Michael Ehrmann


    (European Central Bank)

  • Leonardo Gambacorta


    (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Jorge Mart�nez-Pag�s


    (Banco de Espana)

  • Patrick Sevestre


    (Banque de France and Universit� Paris Val de Marne)

  • Andreas Worms


    (Deutsche Bundesbank)

This paper offers a comprehensive comparison of the structure of banking and financial markets in the euro area. Based on this, several hypotheses about the role of banks in monetary policy transmission are developed. Many of the predictions that have been proposed for the U.S. are deemed unlikely to apply in Europe. Testing these hypotheses we find that monetary policy does alter bank loan supply, with the effects most dependent on the liquidity of individual banks. Unlike in the US, the size of a bank does generally not explain its lending reaction. We also show that the standard publicly available database, BankScope, obscures the heterogeneity across banks. Indeed, for several types of questions BankScope data suggest very different answers than more complete data that reside at national central banks.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 432.

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Date of creation: Dec 2001
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Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_432_01
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