The Bank Lending Channel of Monetary Policy and its Effect on Mortgage Lending

44 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2011

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Lamont Black

DePaul University - Driehaus College of Business; Center for Financial Services

Diana Hancock

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

S. Wayne Passmore

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

The bank lending channel of monetary policy suggests that banks play a special role in the transmission of monetary policy. We look for this special role by examining the business strategies of banks as it relates to mortgage funding and mortgage lending. "Traditional banks" have a large supply of excess core deposits and specialize in information-intensive lending to borrowers (which is proxied here using mortgage lending in subprime communities), whereas "market-based banks" are funded with managed liabilities and mainly lend to relatively easy-to-evaluate borrowers. We predict that only "transition banks" operating between these business strategies are likely to increase their loan rate spreads substantially in response to monetary tightening. To fund ongoing mortgage originations, these banks must substitute from core deposits to managed liabilities, which have a large external finance premium due to these banks' information-intensive lending. Consistent with this prediction, we find evidence of a bank lending channel only among transition banks - they significantly reduce mortgage lending in response to monetary contractions.

Keywords: Bank lending channel, monetary policy, depository institutions, mortgages

Suggested Citation

Black, Lamont and Hancock, Diana and Passmore, Stuart Wayne, The Bank Lending Channel of Monetary Policy and its Effect on Mortgage Lending (May 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1895500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1895500

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