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Determinants of the interest rate pass-through of banks: Evidence from German loan products

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  • Schlüter, Tobias
  • Busch, Ramona
  • Hartmann-Wendels, Thomas
  • Sievers, Sönke

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This article examines the loan rate-setting behavior of German banks for a large variety of retail and corporate loan products. We find that a bank's operational efficiency is priced in bank loan rates and alters interest-setting behavior. Specifically, we establish that a higher degree of operational efficiency leads to lower loan markups, which involve more competitive prices, and smoothed interest rate-setting. This study contributes to prior literature that has been suggesting this relationship but has produced mixed findings. For the German market this relationship is unexplored. By employing stochastic frontier analysis to comprehensively capture cost efficiency, we take the bank customers' perspective and demonstrate the extent to which borrowers benefit from cost efficient banking.

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  • Schlüter, Tobias & Busch, Ramona & Hartmann-Wendels, Thomas & Sievers, Sönke, 2012. "Determinants of the interest rate pass-through of banks: Evidence from German loan products," Discussion Papers 26/2012, Deutsche Bundesbank.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:bubdps:262012
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    1. Havranek, Tomas & Irsova, Zuzana & Lesanovska, Jitka, 2016. "Bank efficiency and interest rate pass-through: Evidence from Czech loan products," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 153-169.
    2. Vinko Zlatić & Giampaolo Gabbi & Hrvoje Abraham, 2015. "Reduction of Systemic Risk by Means of Pigouvian Taxation," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 10(7), pages 1-18, July.
    3. Bennouna, Hicham, 2019. "Interest rate pass-through in Morocco: Evidence from bank-level survey data," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 80(C), pages 142-157.
    4. Holton, Sarah & Rodriguez d’Acri, Costanza, 2018. "Interest rate pass-through since the euro area crisis," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 96(C), pages 277-291.
    5. Panagiotis Lazaris & Anastasios Petropoulos & Vasileios Siakoulis & Evangelos Stavroulakis & Nikolaos Vlachogiannakis, 2021. "Interest rate pass through in the deposit and loan products provided by Greek banks," Working Papers 287, Bank of Greece.
    6. Leontieva, E.A. & Perevyshin, Y.N., 2015. "Credit Channel of Monetary Policy Transmission in Russia," Published Papers 431505, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
    7. Perevyshin, Yuri (Перевышин, Юрий) & Perevyshina, Elena (Перевышина, Елена), 2015. "The effect of the transfer of interest rates in Russia in 2010-2014 [Эффект Переноса Процентных Ставок В России В 2010—2014 Годах]," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 5, pages 38-52.
    8. harraou, Khalid, 2019. "Analyse du pass-through du taux d’intérêt au Maroc [Analysis of the interest rate in Morocco]," MPRA Paper 94968, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    interest rate pass-through models; error correction models; bank efficiency; cost efficiency; stochastic frontier analysis;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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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