Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2003:16: A Panel Data Test of the Bank Lending Channel in Sweden

Joakim Westerlund ()
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Joakim Westerlund: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: In this paper, we test the bank lending channel of monetary policy transmission in Sweden. Using a panel of bank balance sheet data covering the period 1998:M1 to 2003:M6, we test for bank loan supply shifts by segregating banks by asset size, liquidity and capitalization. The main result is that small, illiquid and undercapitalized banks are significantly affected by monetary policy, which supports the hypothesis of the bank lending channel

Keywords: Monetary Transmission; Bank Lending Channel

JEL-codes: C33; E42; E52; E52; F42; G21

18 pages, November 10, 2003

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