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Bank risk-taking and monetary policy transmission : Evidence from China

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  • Li, Xiaoming
  • Liu, Zheng
  • Peng, Yuchao
  • Xu, Zhiwei

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We study the impact of China’s 2013 implementation of Basel III on bank risk-taking and its responses to monetary policy shocks using confidential loan-level data from a large Chinese bank. Guided by theory, we use a difference-in-difference identification, exploiting cross-sectional differences in lending behaviors between high-risk and low-risk bank branches before and after the new regulations. We find that, through a risk-weighting channel, changes in regulations significantly reduced bank risk-taking, both on average and conditional on monetary policy easing. However, banks reduce risk-taking by increasing lending to ostensibly low-risk state-owned enterprises (SOEs) under government guarantees, despite their low average productivity.

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  • Li, Xiaoming & Liu, Zheng & Peng, Yuchao & Xu, Zhiwei, 2021. "Bank risk-taking and monetary policy transmission : Evidence from China," BOFIT Discussion Papers 15/2021, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
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    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
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