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Was There Ever a Lending Channel?

Eugene F. Fama

University of Chicago - Finance

July 21, 2013

Chicago Booth Research Paper

The lending channel model posits that control of deposits that have reserve requirements allows the Fed to constrain the financing of the illiquid loans to businesses and consumers that are the comparative advantage of banks and their link to real activity. The constraint works because banks do not use traded liquid assets and liabilities with no reserve requirements to offset the effects of variation in deposits on loans. The results presented here are more consistent with a simple alternative model in which profit-maximizing banks vary traded assets and liabilities with and without reserve requirements to exercise profit opportunities in loans and so shield them from the Fed.

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Date posted: December 20, 2012 ; Last revised: July 25, 2013

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Fama, Eugene F., Was There Ever a Lending Channel? (July 21, 2013). Chicago Booth Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2191737 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2191737

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