Loan supply and bank capital: A micro-macro linkage

Kick T, Malinkovich S, Merkl C (2020)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2020


Article Number: 102166

DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2020.102166


In the presence of financial frictions, banks’ capital position may constrain their ability to provide loans. The banking sector may thus have important feedback effects on the macroeconomy. To shed new light on this issue, we combine two approaches. First, we use microeconomic balance sheet data from Germany and estimate banks’ loan supply response to capital changes. Second, we modify the model of Gertler and Karadi (2011) such that it can be calibrated to the estimated partial equilibrium elasticity of bank loan supply with respect to bank capital. Although the targeted elasticity is remarkably different from the one in the baseline model, banks continue to be an important originator and amplifier of macroeconomic shocks. Thus, combining microeconometric results with macroeconomic modeling provides evidence on the effects of the banking sector on the macroeconomy.

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Kick, T., Malinkovich, S., & Merkl, C. (2020). Loan supply and bank capital: A micro-macro linkage. Journal of International Money and Finance.


Kick, Thomas, Swetlana Malinkovich, and Christian Merkl. "Loan supply and bank capital: A micro-macro linkage." Journal of International Money and Finance (2020).

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