Slijkerman, Jan Frederik Smant, David J.C. de Vries, Casper G.
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Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 04-032/2
Banks provide risky loans to firms which have superior information regarding the quality of their projects. Due to asymmetric information the banks face the risk of adverse selection. Credit Value-at-Risk (CVaR) regulation counters the problem of low quality, i.e. high risk, loans and therefore reduces the risk of the bank loan portfolio. However, CVaR regulation distorts the operation of credit markets. We show that a binding CVaR constraint introduces credit rationing and lowers social welfare. CVaR regulation also affects the operation of monetary policy.
Credit rationing Credit Value-at-Risk asymmetric information banks regulation loans