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Identifying the bank lending channel in Brazil through data frequency

  • Christiano Arrigoni Coelho


    (Banco Central do Brasil e Department of Economics PUC-Rio)

  • João Manoel Pinho de Mello


    (Department of Economics PUC-Rio)

  • MArcio Gomes Pinto Garcia


    (Department of Economics PUC-Rio)

Using the different response timings of credit demand and supply, we isolate supply shifts after monetary policy shocks. We show that the bank lending channel exists in Brazil: after an increase (decrease) in the basic interest rate (Selic), banks reduce (increase) the quantity of new loans and raise (lower) interest rates. However, contrary to the empirical literature for the US, we find evidence that large banks react more than smaller ones to monetary policy shocks. Results may have important implications for monetary policy transmission in light of the recent wave of concentration in the Brazilian banking industry.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics PUC-Rio (Brazil) in its series Textos para discussão with number 574.

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Length: 40p
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:rio:texdis:574
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