A Credit Crunch? a Case Study of Finland in the Aftermath of the Banking Crisis

Author/Editor:

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

Publication Date:

December 1, 1996

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Summary:

This paper estimates a disequilibrium model of credit supply and demand to evaluate whether there was a credit crunch in Finland following the banking crisis of 1991-92. Empirical analysis suggests that the marked reduction in bank lending was mainly in reaction to a cyclical decline in credit demand, likely exacerbated by the high level of indebtedness of the borrowers. It also appears that banks became less willing to supply credit during periods associated with a deterioration in asset quality, and reduced profits due to declining regulatory protection from competition, and a need to increase capital adequacy levels.

Series:

Working Paper No. 96/135

Subject:

Notes:

Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 44, No. 3, September 1997.

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 1996

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451855661/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1351996

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

18

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