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Identification of a Loan Supply Function: A Cross-Country Test for the Existence of a Bank Lending Channel

Sophocles Brissimis () and Manthos Delis ()

No 54, Working Papers from Bank of Greece

Abstract: Using the theoretical predictions of the Bernanke-Blinder (1988) model, we seek to examine the existence of a bank lending channel through the empirical identification of a loan supply function and to assess the impact of differential bank characteristics on banks’ ability to supply loans. To this end, we estimate a loan supply model and test for the restrictions implied by perfect substitutability between loans and bonds in bank portfolios. Estimations are carried out on bank panel data for 16 OECD countries, the results showing that a bank lending channel is at work in only two of them. Moreover, and contrary to standard accounts, we find that the relevance of bank characteristics is hardly a decisive factor in the identification of a loan supply function.

Keywords: Bank lending channel; financial structure; dynamic panels (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 C52 E44 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2007-01
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