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Did the EBA Capital Exercise Cause a Credit Crunch in the Euro Area?

Jean-Stéphane Mésonnier () and Allen Monks
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Allen Monks: Central Bank of Ireland

International Journal of Central Banking, 2015, vol. 11, issue 3, 75-117

Abstract: We exploit a unique monthly data set of euro-area bank balance sheets to document the impact of the EBA’s 2011/12 capital exercise on bank lending.We find that banks in a banking group forced to increase its CT1 capital ratio by 1 percent had an annualized loan growth (over nine months) that was 1.2 percent lower than that of banks in unconstrained groups. We also find at the country level that banks that did not have to recapitalize did not substitute for more constrained lenders. Our results are of particular relevance for the decisions facing the new European Single Supervisory Mechanism.

JEL-codes: C21 E51 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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