Response of Bank Loans to the Bank of Japan's Quantitative and Qualitative Easing Policy: A Panel Data Analysis

Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2020

40 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2020

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Etsuro Shioji

Hitotsubashi University - Graduate School of Economics

Date Written: August 30, 2020

Abstract

In recent years, many central banks around the world have conducted quantitative easing, namely a massive expansion of their balance sheets. This paper studies commercial banks’ lending behaviors under such a policy regime, using the Japanese data. Since April 2013, the Bank of Japan has executed quantitative easing of an extraordinary magnitude. This is known as the “Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing (QQE)”. During this period, the overall size of bank reserves outstanding has become eight times larger in just six years. Yet aggregate data indicates that bank lending and money stock hardly responded. This seems to indicate that the traditional money creation process has totally collapsed. But is the money multiplier really completely “dead”? This paper utilizes a panel data on balance sheets of Japan’s regional banks to answer this question. The data is semiannual, consisting of observations from March and September between years 2013 and 2019. I study if a bank, which inherited a larger stock of reserves at the end of a period, would tend to expand its loans more aggressively in the subsequent period. It turns out to be important to divide the entire QQE period into two. During the first half of our sample period, between March 2013 and September 2015, I find no significant response of bank lending to an increased bank reserves. In the second half, between March 2016 and September 2019, a significantly positive response is observed. However, even for the latter period, the coefficients on bank reserves and government bonds turn out to be about the same: this suggests that injection of bank reserves by the central bank through purchases of government bonds, which has been the most dominant form of central bank transactions under the QQE, has not been effective.

Keywords: Unconventional Monetary Policy, Quantitative Easing, Money Multiplier, Panel Data, Japanese Economy

JEL Classification: E51, G21

Suggested Citation

Shioji, Etsuro, Response of Bank Loans to the Bank of Japan's Quantitative and Qualitative Easing Policy: A Panel Data Analysis (August 30, 2020). Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3685024

Etsuro Shioji (Contact Author)

Hitotsubashi University - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

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