Who Gets the Credit? And Does it Matter? Household vs. Firm Lending Across Countries

43 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2009

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Thorsten Beck

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School; Tilburg University - European Banking Center, CentER

Berrak Buyukkarabacak

Ozyegin University

Felix K. Rioja

Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Neven T. Valev

Georgia State University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: August 2009

Abstract

While theory predicts different effects of household credit and enterprise credit on the economy, the empirical literature has mainly used aggregate measures of overall bank lending to the private sector. We construct a new dataset from 45 developed and developing countries, decomposing bank lending into lending to enterprises and lending to households and assess the different effects of these two components on real sector outcomes. We find that: 1) Enterprise credit raises economic growth whereas household credit has no effect; 2) enterprise credit reduces income inequality whereas household credit has no effect; and 3) household credit is negatively associated with excess consumption sensitivity, while there is no relationship between enterprise credit and excess consumption sensitivity.

Keywords: Financial intermediation, Firm credit, Household credit

JEL Classification: D14, G21, G28

Suggested Citation

Beck, Thorsten and Bahadir, Berrak and Rioja, Felix Korman and Valev, Neven T., Who Gets the Credit? And Does it Matter? Household vs. Firm Lending Across Countries (August 2009). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7400, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1469879

Thorsten Beck (Contact Author)

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Berrak Bahadir

Ozyegin University ( email )

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Felix Korman Rioja

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Neven T. Valev

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