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A note on US excess bank reserves and the credit contraction

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  • Khemraj, Tarron

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This paper reports aggregate bank excess liquidity preference curves for the pre-crisis and crisis periods. It is argued that the flat curve reflects a threshold lending rate at which point banks accumulate reserves passively. Moreover, the expansion of reserves – when the lending rate threshold is binding – does not lead to credit expansion. The latter would require policies that directly increase the demand for loans, particularly by the business sector.

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  • Khemraj, Tarron, 2009. "A note on US excess bank reserves and the credit contraction," MPRA Paper 18702, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18702
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    Keywords

    bank reserves; minimum loan interest rate; credit crunch;

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    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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