Firm-Level Data and Monetary Policy: The Case of a Middle Income Country
35 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2020
Date Written: November 2019
We test the existence of the balance sheet channel of monetary policy in a middle-income country. Firm-level data scarcity and quality, in such a context, make the identification of this channel a steep challenge. To circumvent this challenge, we use panel instrumental variables estimation with measurement error to analyze the financial statements of 58 500 Moroccan firms over the period 2010-2016. Our analysis confirms the existence of this channel. It shows that monetary policy has a significant impact on small and medium enterprises' access to banks' financing, and that firm-specific variables are key determinants of firms' financing decisions.
Keywords: Real sector, Monetary transmission mechanism, Financial markets, Interest rate policy, Exchange rate policy, Corporate balance sheets, monetary policy transmission, external finance, panel data, measurement error., WP, SMEs, firm-specific, measurement error, microdata, trade credit
JEL Classification: E44, E52, E58, G21, G32, C51, C55, E01, O24, G2
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