Sovereign Debt Exposure and Bank Lending Channel: Impact on Credit Supply and the Real Economy, Journal of International Economics
In the context of the European crisis, we show that the security portfolio of banks plays an important role in the propagation of financial shocks across countries. Using Italian loan-level data, we show that the shock to the banks’ sovereign portfolio caused by the 2010 Greek bailout was passed on to Italian firms through a credit contraction. This was particularly the case for banks with a lower capital and less stable funding. The contraction in credit was similar for both large and small firms, but it only negatively affected the investment and employment decisions of small firms.
Margherita Bottero, Simone Lenzu, Filippo Mezzanotti
Bottero, Margherita, Simone Lenzu, and Filippo Mezzanotti. 2019. Sovereign Debt Exposure and Bank Lending Channel: Impact on Credit Supply and the Real Economy. Journal of International Economics.