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TARP Effect on Bank Lending Behaviour: Evidence from the last Financial Crisis

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  • Stefano Puddu
  • Andreas Waelchli

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Using a unique data set based on US commercial banks and county level loan origination for the period 2005-2010, we measure whether banks that benefited from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) increase small business loan originations. We propose an identification strategy which exploits the ownership structure of bank holding companies. We find that TARP banks provide on average 19% higher small business loan originations than NO TARP banks. The disaggregated data allows us to control for the potential demand side effects. When considering poverty and unemployment rates at a county level we show that TARP is effective only in counties suffering from unemployment. Several robustness checks confirm the main result.

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  • Stefano Puddu & Andreas Waelchli, 2015. "TARP Effect on Bank Lending Behaviour: Evidence from the last Financial Crisis," IRENE Working Papers 15-06, IRENE Institute of Economic Research.
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    1. Bachmann, Manuel, 2018. "The Impact of Ex Ante Regulations and Ex Post Interventions on Bank Lending and Solvency," Department of Economics Working Paper Series 269, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
    2. Allen N. Berger & Raluca Roman & John Sedunov, 2016. "Do bank bailouts reduce or increase systemic risk? the effects of TARP on financial system stability," Research Working Paper RWP 16-8, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, revised 04 Oct 2016.
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    11. Manuel Bachmann, 2018. "The Impact of Ex Ante Regulations and Ex Post Interventions on Bank Lending and Solvency," Department of Economics Working Papers wuwp269, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    TARP; Financial Crisis; Loan provision;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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