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A Global Lending Channel Unplugged? Does U.S. Monetary Policy Affect Cross-border and Affiliate Lending by Global U.S. Banks?


Ongena, Steven; Temesvary, Judit; Owen, Ann L (2018). A Global Lending Channel Unplugged? Does U.S. Monetary Policy Affect Cross-border and Affiliate Lending by Global U.S. Banks? Journal of International Economics, 112:50-69.

Abstract

We examine how U.S. monetary policy affects the international activities of U.S. banks. We access a rarely studied U.S. bank-level regulatory dataset to assess at a quarterly frequency how changes in the U.S. Federal funds rate (before the crisis) and quantitative easing (after the onset of the crisis) affect changes in cross-border claims by U.S. banks across countries, maturities and sectors, and also affect changes in claims by their foreign affiliates. We find robust evidence consistent with the existence of a potent global bank lending channel. In response to changes in U.S. monetary conditions, U.S. banks strongly adjust their cross-border claims in both the pre- and post-crisis period. However, we also find that U.S. bank affiliate claims respond mainly to host country monetary conditions.

Abstract

We examine how U.S. monetary policy affects the international activities of U.S. banks. We access a rarely studied U.S. bank-level regulatory dataset to assess at a quarterly frequency how changes in the U.S. Federal funds rate (before the crisis) and quantitative easing (after the onset of the crisis) affect changes in cross-border claims by U.S. banks across countries, maturities and sectors, and also affect changes in claims by their foreign affiliates. We find robust evidence consistent with the existence of a potent global bank lending channel. In response to changes in U.S. monetary conditions, U.S. banks strongly adjust their cross-border claims in both the pre- and post-crisis period. However, we also find that U.S. bank affiliate claims respond mainly to host country monetary conditions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:May 2018
Deposited On:12 Sep 2018 14:20
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:36
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0022-1996
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinteco.2018.02.004
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:16158

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