EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Which Banks Smooth and at What Price?

Sotirios Kokas (), Dmitri Vinogradov and Marios Zachariadis ()

University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics from University of Cyprus Department of Economics

Abstract: By adjusting their lending, banks can smooth or amplify the macroeconomic impact of deposit fluctuations. This may however lead to extended periods of disproportionately high lending relative to deposit intake, resulting in the accumulation of risk in the banking system. Using bank-level data for 8,477 banks in 129 countries for the 24-year period from 1992 to 2015, we examine how individual banks' market power and other characteristics may contribute to smoothing or amplification of shocks and to the accumulation of risk. We find that the higher their market power the lower is the growth rate of lending relative to deposits. As a result, in periods of falling deposits, higher market power for the average bank would be associated with a greater fall in lending resulting in amplification of adverse effects as deposits fall during relatively bad times. Strikingly, at very high levels of market power there is a threshold past which the effect of market power on the growth rate of lending relative to deposits turns positive so that “superpower” banks contribute to smoothing of adverse effects when deposits are falling. In periods of rising deposits, however, such banks lead to amplification and accumulation of risk in the economy.

Keywords: smoothing; amplification; risk accumulation; market power; competition; crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 E51 F3 F4 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-mac and nep-opm
Date: 2018-01
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://papers.econ.ucy.ac.cy/RePEc/papers/01-18.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ucy:cypeua:01-2018

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics from University of Cyprus Department of Economics
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-16
Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:01-2018