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What does peer-to-peer lending evidence say about the risk-taking channel of monetary policy?

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  • Huang, Yiping
  • Li, Xiang
  • Wang, Chu

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This paper uses loan application-level data from a Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform to study the risk-taking channel of monetary policy. By employing a direct ex-ante measure of risk-taking and estimating the simultaneous equations of loan approval and loan amount, we are the first to provide quantitative evidence of the impact of monetary policy on the risk-taking of nonbank financial institution. We find that the search-for-yield is the main workhorse of the risk-taking effect, while we do not observe consistent findings of risk-shifting from the liquidity change. Monetary policy easing is associated with a higher probability of granting loans to risky borrowers and a greater riskiness of credit allocation, but these changes do not necessarily relate to a larger loan amount on average.

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  • Huang, Yiping & Li, Xiang & Wang, Chu, 2019. "What does peer-to-peer lending evidence say about the risk-taking channel of monetary policy?," IWH Discussion Papers 14/2019, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).
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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
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