Bednarek, Peter Dinger, Valeriya te Kaat, Daniel Marcel von Westernhagen, Natalja
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Bundesbank Discussion Paper No. 36/2020
This paper examines the relationship between central bank funding and credit risk-taking. Employing comprehensive bank-firm-level data from the German credit registry during 2009:Q1-2014:Q4, we find that borrowing from the central bank is associated with rebalancing of bank portfolios towards ex-ante riskier firms. We further establish that this relationship is associated with the ECB's maturity extensions and that the risk-taking sensitivity of banks borrowing from the ECB is independent of idiosyncratic bank characteristics. Finally, we highlight that these shifts in bank lending might lead to an ex-post deterioration of bank balance sheets, but increase firm-level investment and employment.
Monetary Policy LTRO Bank Lending Credit Risk-Taking Real Effects TFP Growth