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Credit Chanel in developing countries: The case of Colombia


  • César A. Corredor V.



This paper uses a panel data set containing monthly information from the balance sheets of 20 banks between 1995 and 2003. It follows an estimation procedure proposed by Arellano and Bondwhich applies autocorrelation into panel data using a Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimator. The model includes particular characteristics to determine the existence of a bank lending channelincluding: size, liquidity, capitalization and foreign capital. The bank lending channel literature argues that differences in the characteristics and initial position of banks are reflected in their ability to offset the effects of a tightening monetary policy. It has been proved thatin Colombia there is a negative response of loans to changes in the interest rate, but bigger, liquid or capitalized banks are better able to maintain the same level of loans in the face of a tightening monetary policy.Este documento usa un conjuntos de datos de panel que contiene información de los balances generales de 20 bancos comerciales colombianos entre 1995 y 2003. Basado en el proceso de estimaciónpropuesto por Arellano y Bond que aplica técnicas de autocorrelación en datos de panel a través de un estimador de Métodos de Momentos Generalizados (MMG). El modelo incluye características particulares como tamaño, liquidez, capitalización y capital extranjero para determinarla existencia del canal de préstamo bancario. La literatura del canal de préstamo bancario argumenta que diferencias en este tipo de características y la posición inicial de los bancos se reflejan en suhabilidad de compensar los efectos de una política monetaria restrictiva. Se prueba entonces que en el caso de Colombia hay una respuesta negativa del crédito a cambios en las tasas de interés, pero los bancos que poseen más activos, o que son más líquidos o más capitalizados son más capaces de mantener el mismo nivel de préstamos cuando enfrentan una restricción monetaria.

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  • César A. Corredor V., 2009. "Credit Chanel in developing countries: The case of Colombia," Revista de Economía del Caribe 007113, Universidad del Norte.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000382:007113

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    Credit channel; banking; emerging economies; panel data.Canal de crédito; sistema bancario; economías emergentes; datos de panel.;

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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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