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The Geographic Flow of Bank Funding and Access to Credit: Branch Networks, Local Synergies, and Competition

Victor Aguirregabiria (), Robert Clark and Hui Wang

No 13741, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Geographic dispersion of depositors, borrowers, and banks may prevent funding from flowing to areas of high loan demand, limiting credit access. We provide evidence of geographic imbalance of deposits and loans, and develop a methodology for investigating the contribution to this imbalance of (i) branch networks, (ii) market power, and (iii) scope economies, using US bank-county-year level data. Results are based on a novel measure of deposits and loans imbalance, and estimation of a structural model of bank competition that admits interconnections across locations and between deposit and loan markets, thereby permitting counterfactuals highlighting the role of the three factors.

Keywords: Access to credit; Bank Competition; Branch networks; Economies of scope between deposits and loans; Geographic flow of bank funds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 L13 L51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-05
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