Testing a Disequilibrium Model of Lending Rate Determination : The Case of Malaysia

Author/Editor:

Barry Scholnick

Publication Date:

September 1, 1991

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Summary:

This study examines whether lending rates cleared the market for loans in Malaysia after interest rate liberalization. It is based on a theoretical model in which adverse selection and marginal cost pricing are brought together by the use of a quadratic loss function in the error correction format. This allows for the use of the cointegration methodology. Long-run tests support the model proposed in the paper, while rejecting part of the financial liberalization model. From the short-run results it is concluded that there is a large lag before lending rates respond to exogenous shocks, thus confirming that they do not fully clear the market for loans.

Series:

Working Paper No. 91/84

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 1991

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451954364/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0841991

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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