Tracking Foreign Capital: The Effect of Capital Inflows on Bank Lending in the UK

40 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2019

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Christiane Kneer

Bank of England

Alexander Raabe

University of Geneva - Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID); European Stability Mechanism

Date Written: June 14, 2019

Abstract

This paper examines how UK banks channel capital inflows to the individual sectors of the domestic economy and to overseas residents. Information on the source country of foreign capital deposited with UK banks allows us to construct a novel Bartik instrument for capital inflows. Our results suggest that foreign funds boost bank lending to the domestic economy. This result is due to the positive effect of capital inflows on bank lending to non-financial firms and to other domestic financial institutions. Banks do not channel capital inflows directly to households or the public sector. Much of the foreign capital is also channelled back abroad, reflecting the role of the UK as a global financial centre.

Keywords: capital flows, bank lending, credit allocation, international finance, instrumental variables, international financial linkages

JEL Classification: F21, F30, F32, F34, G00, G21

Suggested Citation

Kneer, Christiane and Raabe, Alexander, Tracking Foreign Capital: The Effect of Capital Inflows on Bank Lending in the UK (June 14, 2019). Bank of England Working Paper No. 804 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3404244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3404244

Christiane Kneer (Contact Author)

Bank of England ( email )

Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom

Alexander Raabe

University of Geneva - Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID) ( email )

Geneva
Switzerland

European Stability Mechanism ( email )

6a Circuit de la Foire Internationale
L-1347
Luxembourg

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