Monetary Normalizations and Consumer Credit: Evidence from Fed Liftoff and Online Lending
Christoph Bertsch (),
Isaiah Hull () and
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Xin Zhang: Sveriges Riksbank
International Journal of Central Banking, 2021, vol. 17, issue 71, 47
On December 16, 2015, the Federal Reserve initiated "liftoff," a critical step in the monetary normalization process. We use a unique panel data set of 640,000 loan-hour observations to measure the cross-sectional impact of liftoff on interest rates, demand, and supply in the peer-to-peer market for uncollateralized consumer credit. We find that the spread decreased by 17 percent, driven by an increase in supply. Our results are consistent with an investor-perceived reduction in default probabilities and suggest that liftoff provided a strong, positive signal about the future solvency of high credit risk borrowers.
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