The Riskiness of Credit Allocation and Financial Stability
40 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2019
Date Written: September 2019
We explore empirically how the time-varying allocation of credit across firms with heterogeneous credit quality matters for financial stability outcomes. Using firm-level data for 55 countries over 1991-2016, we show that the riskiness of credit allocation, captured by Greenwood and Hanson (2013)'s ISS indicator, helps predict downside risks to GDP growth and systemic banking crises, two to three years ahead. Our analysis indicates that the riskiness of credit allocation is both a measure of corporate vulnerability and of investor sentiment. Economic forecasters wrongly predict a positive association between the riskiness of credit allocation and future growth, suggesting a flawed expectations process.
Keywords: Real effective exchange rates, Financial crises, Economic conditions, Credit booms, Credit expansion, Corporate debt, credit allocation, credit risk, financial leverage, financial vulnerability, financial crises, macro-financial stability, WP, riskiness, decile, ISS, country level, debt issuance
JEL Classification: E44, E47, G01, G21, G23, G28, G32, E52, E01, F16,
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