Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/153682
Authors: 
Maddaloni, Angela
Peydró, José-Luis
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 1248
Abstract: 
Using a unique dataset of the Euro area and the U.S. bank lending standards, we find that low (monetary policy) short-term interest rates soften standards, for household and corporate loans. This softening – especially for mortgages – is amplified by securitization activity, weak supervision for bank capital and too low for too long monetary policy rates. Conversely, low long-term interest rates do not soften lending standards. Finally, countries with softer lending standards before the crisis related to negative Taylor-rule residuals experienced a worse economic performance afterwards. These results help shed light on the origins of the crisis and have important policy implications.
Subjects: 
bank capital
financial stability
Lending standards
monetary policy
securitization
JEL: 
G01
G21
G28
E44
E5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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