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Bank heterogeneity and interest rate setting: What lessons have we learned since Lehman Brothers?

  • Leonardo Gambacorta
  • Paolo Emilio Mistrulli

A substantial literature has investigated the role of relationship lending in shielding borrowers from idiosyncratic shocks. Much less is known about how lending relationships and bank-specific characteristics affect the functioning of the credit market in an economy-wide crisis, when banks may find it difficult to perform the role of shock absorbers. We investigate how bank-specific characteristics (size, liquidity, capitalization, funding structure) and the bank-firm relationship have influenced interest rate setting since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Unlike the existing literature, which has focused chiefly on the amount of credit granted during the crisis, we look at its cost. The data on a large sample of loans from Italian banks to non-financial firms suggest that close lending relationships kept firms more insulated from the financial crisis. Further, spreads increased by less for the customers of well-capitalized, liquid banks and those engaged mainly in traditional lending business.

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Paper provided by Bank for International Settlements in its series BIS Working Papers with number 359.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:bis:biswps:359
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