Credit Frictions, Collateral and the Cyclical Behavior of the Finance Premium

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Pierre-Richard Agnor

University of Manchester

George Bratsiotis

University of Manchester

Damjan Pfajfar

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of monetary shocks on the loan spread in a DSGE model that combines the cost channel effect of monetary transmission with the role of collateral under asymmetric information. Its key feature is the endogenous derivation of the default probability that results in a lending rate being set as a countercyclical risk premium over the cost of borrowing from the central bank. The endogenous probability of default is shown to provide an accelerator effect through which monetary shocks can amplify the loan spread. The behavior of the spread appears to be consistent with existing empirical evidence.

Keywords: Credit Frictions; Business Cycles; Collateral; Finance Premium; DSGE

JEL Classification: E31, E44, E52

Suggested Citation

Agnor, Pierre-Richard and Bratsiotis, George and Pfajfar, Damjan, Credit Frictions, Collateral and the Cyclical Behavior of the Finance Premium (June 1, 2012). Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol. 18, No. 05, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2626394

Pierre-Richard Agnor

University of Manchester

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George Bratsiotis (Contact Author)

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Damjan Pfajfar

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( email )

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