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Financial Instability, Uncertainty and Banks’ Lending Behaviour

Swamy, Vighneswara and S, Sreejesh (2012): Financial Instability, Uncertainty and Banks’ Lending Behaviour. Published in: International Journal of Banking and Finance , Vol. 9, No. 4 (14 March 2013): pp. 74-95.

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Abstract

Why do banks squeeze their lending activity? is an oft-repeated question during the times of financial crisis. This study examines an emerging economy’s banking system and contributes to the evolving body of literature on the topic by providing answers as to what causes the sluggish bank credit during the times of recession. By employing cointegration technique, the study shows that bank credit has a significant positive relationship with the borrowing activity of the banks and on the contrary, inverse relationship with investment activity during the financial crisis. Accordingly, we suggest that banks could increase their lending by increasing the borrowings rapidly either from the Central Banks or from Government supported long term lending institutions during recessionary periods.

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