Credit Matters: Empirical Evidence on U.S. Macro-Financial Linkages

Credit Matters: Empirical Evidence on U.S. Macro-Financial Linkages

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This paper develops a framework for analyzing macro-financial linkages in the United States. We estimate the effects of a negative shock to banks' capital/assetratio on lending standards, which in turn affect consumer credit, mortgages, and corporate loans, and the corresponding components of private spending (consumption, residential investment and business investment). In addition, our empirical model allows for feedback from spending and income to bank capital adequacy and credit. Hence, we trace the full credit cycle. An exogenous fall in the bank capital/asset ratio by one percentage point reduces real GDP by some 1A½ percent through its effects on credit availability, while an exogenous fall in demand of 1 percent of GDP is gradually magnified to around 2 percent through financial feedback effects.A tightening of loan standards causes a decrease in the quantity of credit, as shown in the second link. ... If households and firms choose to borrow in order to finance their spending, then the variables will move together even in the absence of credit constraints. ... We also allow for an impact of spending on home equity.


Title:Credit Matters: Empirical Evidence on U.S. Macro-Financial Linkages
Author:Tamim Bayoumi, Ola Melander
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2008-07-01
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