Interest Rates and Lending Standards

29 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2017 Last revised: 18 Jun 2019

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Anastasios Dosis

ESSEC Business School; University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA

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Date Written: June 17, 2019


I study the effect of interest rates on banks' lending standards. I find that low (high) interest rates discourage (encourage) screening but facilitate (hinder) effort provision. Less screening, as a result of low interest rates, increases the likelihood of a banking crisis. I further show that (i) when interest rates are endogenous, the demand for loanable funds is non-monotonic and multiple equilibria arise, although higher interest-rate equilibria do not necessarily imply less lending, (ii) entrepreneurial overconfidence has a more profound effect when interest rates are high, and (iii) the effect of market structure on bank risk taking interestingly depends on the level of interest rates.

Keywords: Interest Rates; Lending; Screening; Moral Hazard; Risk Taking; Multiple Equilibria; Overconfidence

JEL Classification: D82; E30; E44; E58; G01; G21

Suggested Citation

Dosis, Anastasios, Interest Rates and Lending Standards (June 17, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Anastasios Dosis (Contact Author)

ESSEC Business School

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University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA ( email )

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