The Balance Sheet Channel

34 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2013

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Ethan Cohen-Cole

Econ One Research

Enrique Martínez-García

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Research Department

Date Written: December 8, 2013


In this paper, we study the role of the credit channel of monetary policy in the context of a DSGE model. Through the use of a regulated banking sector subject to a regulatory capital constraint on lending, we provide alternative interpretations that can potentially explain differences in the implementation of monetary policy without appealing to ad-hoc central bank preferences. This is accomplished through the characterization of the external finance premium as a function of bank leverage and systemic aggregate risk.

Keywords: Balance Sheet, External Finance Premium, Financial Accelerator

JEL Classification: E52, E58, G18, G28

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Cole, Ethan and Martinez-Garcia, Enrique, The Balance Sheet Channel (December 8, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Ethan Cohen-Cole

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Enrique Martinez-Garcia (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Research Department ( email )

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