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Who Gets the Credit? And Does It Matter? Household vs. Firm Lending across Countries

Thorsten Beck (), Berrak Büyükkarabacak, Felix Rioja and Neven Valev
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Berrak BAHADIR

No 7400, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: While theory predicts different effects of household credit and enterprise credit on the economy, the empirical literature has mainly used aggregate measures of overall bank lending to the private sector. We construct a new dataset from 45 developed and developing countries, decomposing bank lending into lending to enterprises and lending to households and assess the different effects of these two components on real sector outcomes. We find that: 1) enterprise credit raises economic growth whereas household credit has no effect; 2) enterprise credit reduces income inequality whereas household credit has no effect; and 3) household credit is negatively associated with excess consumption sensitivity, while there is no relationship between enterprise credit and excess consumption sensitivity.

Keywords: Financial intermediation; Firm credit; Household credit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D14 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-08
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