Sharing the Pain? Credit Supply and Real Effects of Bank Bail-Ins
62 Pages Posted: 31 May 2018 Last revised: 30 Apr 2019
Date Written: June 2018
We analyze the credit supply and real sector effects of bank bail-ins by exploiting the unexpected failure of a major Portuguese bank and subsequent resolution. Using a matched firm-bank dataset on credit exposures and interest rates, we show that while banks more exposed to the bail-in significantly reduced credit supply at the intensive margin, affected firms compensated the tightening of overall credit with other sources of funding. Nevertheless, SMEs were subject to a binding contraction of funds available through credit lines and reduced investment and employment. These dampening effects are explained by the pre-shock internal liquidity position of smaller firms.
JEL Classification: E22, E24, E58, G01, G21, G28, G32
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