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Reserve requirements and the bank lending channel in China

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  • Fungáčová, Zuzana
  • Nuutilainen, Riikka
  • Weill, Laurent

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This paper examines how reserve requirements influence the transmission of monetary policy through the bank lending channel in China while also taking into account the role of bank ownership. The implementation of Chinese monetary policy is characterized by the reliance on the reserve requirements as a regular policy tool with frequent adjustments. Using a large dataset of 170 Chinese banks for the period 2004–2013, we analyze the reaction of loan supply to changes in reserve requirements. We find no evidence of the bank lending channel through the use of reserve requirements. We observe, nonetheless, that changes in reserve requirements influence loan growth of banks. The same findings hold true for other monetary policy instruments. Further, we show that the bank ownership format influences transmission of monetary policy.

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  • Fungáčová, Zuzana & Nuutilainen, Riikka & Weill, Laurent, 2015. "Reserve requirements and the bank lending channel in China," BOFIT Discussion Papers 26/2015, Bank of Finland Institute for Emerging Economies (BOFIT).
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