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Placing the Czech Shadow Banking Sector under the Light

Martin Hodula, Martin Macháček and Aleš Melecký

Prague Economic Papers, vol. preprint, 1-25

Abstract: The size of the shadow banking sector (SBS) has more than doubled in the Czech Republic over the last decade. This places a potential burden on policy makers. On the one hand, the SBS complements regular banking by expanding access to credit and investments, enabling better risk sharing and maturity transformation, and supporting market liquidity. On the other hand, SBS activities can put the stability of the financial system at risk and amplify its procyclicality by exacerbating the build-up of leverage and asset price bubbles. We implement a FAVAR model of the Czech economy to determine the impact of macroeconomic factors on the SBS. We find that the SBS: (i) is sensitive to changes in market interest rates and term spread; (ii) exhibits great procyclicality; (iii) can act as a complement to regular banking and satisfy some additional demand for credit. We also define some potential risks of continued growth of the SBS, linked to our empirical evidence.

Keywords: Czech Republic; FAVAR; shadow banking; credit intermediation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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