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Does bank competition influence the lending channel in the euro area


  • Fungáčová, Zuzana
  • Solanko, Laura
  • Weill, Laurent


This paper examines how bank competition influences the bank lending channel in the Euro area countries. Using a large panel of banks from 12 euro area countries over the period 2002?2010 we analyze the reaction of loan supply to monetary policy actions depending on the degree of bank competition. We find that the effect of monetary policy on bank lending is dependent on bank competition: the transmission of monetary policy through the bank lending channel is less pronounced for banks with extensive market power. Further investigation shows that banks with less market power were more sensitive to monetary policy only before the financial crisis. These results suggest that the bank market power has a significant impact on monetary policy effectiveness. Therefore, wide variations in the level of bank market power may lead to asymmetric effects of a single monetary policy. JEL Codes: E52, G21. Keywords: bank competition, bank lending channel, monetary policy, euro area.

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  • Fungáčová, Zuzana & Solanko, Laura & Weill, Laurent, 2013. "Does bank competition influence the lending channel in the euro area," BOFIT Discussion Papers 17/2013, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
  • Handle: RePEc:bof:bofitp:2013_017

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    • 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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