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A simple enquiry on heterogeneous lending rates and lending behaviour

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  • Marco Mazzoli

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This paper contain an empirical analysis on the most relevant determinants of heterogeneity in Italian banks' lending rate and lending behaviour, performed with descriptive statistics and dynamic panel data analysis on the basis of a "mesoeconomic" data set specifically acquired from the Bank of Italy, which contains the data on interest rates, bad debts and credit flows granted by different size categories of banks under the form of different size categories of loans in different geographic areas of the country, for the period 1990 QI -1998 QIV. The purpose of the econometric analyses is twofold: First, investigating the possible disturbances affecting the link between policy rate and interest rates on bank credit; second verify whether the behaviour of the largest bank loans is demand-determined. The results show that the spread between interest rate on the various classes of bank loans and the monetary policy rate is not influenced by the loan size, while it seems to be more affected by proxies for risk and competitive configuration of the banking sector. Furthermore, the behaviour of the largest size class of bank loans does show a pattern consistent with a "demand determined" behaviour.

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  • Marco Mazzoli, 2001. "A simple enquiry on heterogeneous lending rates and lending behaviour," Heterogeneity and monetary policy 0105, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia Politica.
  • Handle: RePEc:mod:modena:0105
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    Keywords

    credit; monetary policy.;

    JEL classification:

    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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